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 Engin