Richard Sharland was born in London, with family roots in Devon and Cornwall. He was first inspired to paint by his teacher, William Lyons-Wilson, a prominent watercolourist. In 1972 Sharland abandoned a law degree course to travel with his wife, Jan - and to paint. His watercolours were exhibited in northern England and Scotland.
In 1978 Richard began to work for arts and community voluntary organisations, subsequently spending 15 years as chief executive of environmental charities and 10 years as national director of Groundwork UK, shaping partnerships and securing resources for national environmental programmes in some of Britain's poorest communities.
Throughout this time Sharland developed his artistic practice, holding one-man shows in Birmingham and Manchester. After Jan's death, he moved to the west country in 2013 to concentrate on the creative life. A year later he set up home in Altarnun, Cornwall, where he also established an art gallery, Terre Verte - a quiet oasis of creativity and inspiration where artists' work can be exhibited in space and style.
2018: Resonance, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun, nr Launceston (Sept)
2019: Rediscovering Fowey Moor, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun (27 April-21 June)
2019: Cornwall Watercolour Society, Rock Institute (11-17 July)
2019: Autumn Exhibition, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun (1-22 Oct)
2019: Everything to Play For, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun (10 Nov-12 Dec)