A native of Tucson, Arizona, Richard began working with stained glass at an early age. In 1985 Richard walked into a hot-glass studio, and found the one method of working glass that captured his attention and allowed him to express his great creativity. For the next three years Richard worked and studied at Stephen John Clements Glass Art Studio, then in 1988 worked at Philabaum's Glass Studio as their cold-shop manager.
Eight years later he found life partnership with fellow glass artist Linda Allyn. Together they created Desert Fire Glassworks, LLC in Tubac, Arizona in 1996. After three successful years in Tubac, they became Fire Ranch Glassworks and relocated to a custom-built studio in Tucson. Richard's premier pieces convey his love of dense, rich, and vibrant color. His work encompasses traditional vases and vessels as well as nontraditional forms and sculptures. Of the glassworking process, Richard says, "The first thing that occurs is the materials letting me know what tolerances, problems, and hidden beauties lie within. Then, to the best of my abilities, I work with them to reveal an optimum visual effect until the piece has become a finished product. When the piece is finished, it communicates a little bit of me and my thoughts as well as silica and its ability to be utilized in art."