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Nottingham-born Chumley (aka Richard Childs) currently lives close to the picturesque Peak District with wife Linda and stepdaughter Kelly.

He became interested in all things art-related at school, where he studied art, graphic design and pottery. Richard developed his drawing technique using graphite pencils and pen & ink and planned to go to art college. Unfortunately, he was disappointed with the content of the courses available at the time and discouraged when advised that graphic artists were 'ten-a-penny'. He decided to enroll on a Building Technology course at Basford Hall College instead. Halfway through he transferred to Civil Engineering and completed his studies at Nottingham Trent University.

A career in civil engineering beckoned and Richard is now a Senior Civil Engineer with Nottingham City Council.

You might think that civil engineering and art have little common ground but there were many opportunities for Richard to continue producing artwork – artistic impressions of schemes were needed and Richard grabbed the opportunity to use his artistic ability at work. His colleagues were impressed with his talent and word soon got round that if you wanted a drawing of something, Richard was your man!

If something amusing happened in the office, shortly afterwards a cartoon (signed 'Chumley') would appear on the wall with caricatures of the people involved. The market has since expanded and Richard now uses much of his spare time to complete commissions for leaving cards, Christmas cards and publicity material, not to mention private commissions for portraits and many other subjects.

Cartoons and caricatures are still very popular but pointillism is Richard's favourite discipline. The downside is the time it takes to produce each piece but the results are worth every hour at the drawing board, as you can see from the examples on this site.

Art is Richard's main form of relaxation and an effective antidote to the stresses of working in civil engineering.

Richard is always looking for new techniques to try and is now entering into the world of coloured pencil art. Richard has finished some pencil works and you can see them on his web site but look out for more soon. Richard is also teaching people how to use coloured pencil in workshops and has appeared at the Art Materials Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre with the UK Coloured Pencil Society.
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