A landscape painter specialising in trees and woodland, Richard seeks to capture the character and atmosphere of particular places in all weathers and seasons.

He is an invited member of The Arborealists, a national group of artists united around the theme of trees.

As resident artist with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Richard is currently working on a 3 year project, Treescapes of Herefordshire, on their flagship reserves at Birches Farm, Bodenham Lake and North Wood (part of Queenswood).

Richard leads occasional art workshops and outdoor events publicised here and in his e-newsletter:
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Richard is an active member of the Woodland Trust and a signatory to their Tree Charter


September 2020 - sketching in North Wood

Richard says about his work:
My mother instilled in me a life long fascination for trees with their ever changing form and colour, vulnerability and strength.

Drawing and painting deepens one’s appreciation of their individual character and presence, and part of the joy of working outdoors is the frequent encounters with wildlife.

Choosing a subject is difficult in the face of so many possibilities, but it tends to be a particular quality of light that captivates me. I’m as happy in fog or rain as sunshine.

I make pencil and watercolour sketches, sound recordings, photos and notes, but time outdoors is as much about being in a place as it is about what goes down on paper.

Back in the studio I distill all this material and memory into paintings. This is the hard part, one day outdoors can generate several weeks of studio work, a slow and frustrating process of studies and experiments.

More and more, the sounds of bird song, lapping of water, crackle of frost are creeping into my work; impossible to paint such non-visual elements one might say, but they are so central to the experience that I continue to try.

I build a painting up using many layers of pigment to convey moving light and space, a typical watercolour being 8 to 10 layers. Much goes on the bonfire, but it’s a fantastic feeling when a painting captures something of the essence of a place.
Richard studied fine art at Hereford College of Arts and the University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham School of Art), graduating with first class honours in 2008. His studio is at at Unit 6 which is part of the Artsite3 complex in Hereford.

He exhibits in England and Wales in public and commercial galleries, and has been represented locally by the Apple Store Gallery since its inception in 2005.

BBC Countryfile 29th March 2020 - outdoor watercolours as part of Lugg Valley Living Landscape with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Lady Park Wood - collaboration between the renowned woodland ecologist, George Peterken, and The Arborealists

Art Meets Ecology, 2020, Sansom - The Arborealists respond to Lady Park Wood
Wildside, Spring 2020, p. 20-23, Into the Meadows with Artists and Poets…
Wildside, Winter 2018, p. 28-31, The Arborealist: Susannah English meets Artist-in-Residence Richard Bavin
The Observer, The New Review, 31st Dec 2017 p.28 Bark with Plenty of Bite by Rachel Cooke including image of Richard’s watercolour ‘Hazel Whipped by Autumn Wind’
Woodland Trust publication, I’m Standing Up for our Ancients, Oct 2017, all illustrations are of Richard Bavin’s paintings
The Arborealists: The Art of Trees, 2017, Plato-Beale Productions - catalogue with double page on my work
Welsh Border Life, Aug 2017, Inspired by the Country: Woodland Paintings by Richard Bavin by Matthew Pike
The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree, 2016, Sansom & Company - double page with images on my art practice

Methodist Modern Art Collection

The Arborealists
Hon. President of Herefordshire Painting Club - plein air painters

Solo & Joint Shows
2020 planned show cancelled due Covid
Lea & Paget’s Wood - Aug 2017, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford
Exploring Herefordshire - Aug 2015, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford
Brecon Beacons: sleet, snow and sunshine - Aug 2013, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford (with Maggie Banks)
Painting the Landscape - Jul-Aug 2013, Artists Studio, Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire (solo)
Orchard’s Seasons - Oct 2011, invited joint show, Apple Store Gallery
Spirit of Place - Jul 2011, The Bleddfa Centre, Powys (solo)
A Herefordshire Wood - Sep 2008, Apple Store Gallery (featured artist)
Trees & Water - Jul-Aug 2005, Apple Store Gallery (featured artist)

Selected Group Shows
Land into Art - Sep-Oct 2020, Made in the Marches Gallery curated show
Trees & Woodland on Exmoor & Dartmoor - Sep-Nov 2020, The Arborealists at Somerset Museum
Wildflower Meadows - Jun-Aug 2020, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford - invited group show
The Arborealists - Dec-Mar 2020, National Memorial Arboretum
The Arborealists & Guests - Sep-Oct 2019, Fyne Court (National Trust) - part of Somerset Art Festival
The Arborealists - Aug 2019, The Young Gallery, Salisbury
A Wye Valley Woodland Through Artists' Eyes - July 2019-2020, Monmouth Museum & Gallery
Made in the Marches - Nov-Jan 2019, group show linked to National Tree Week
Side by Side (The Arborealists & St Ives Society of Artists) - Sep-Nov 2018, St Ives
h.Art Open Studios - annual, Sep, The Print Shed with public art events
Artist Showcase - Sep 2018, Canwood Gallery, Herefordshire
The Arborealists - Jul-Aug 2018, John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh
The Arborealists - Jul-Sep 2018, Black Swan Arts, Frome
The Arborealists in Lady Park Wood - May-Sep 2018, Monmouth Museum
The Arborealists - Dec-Jan 2018, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
The Arborealists - Jul 2017, Les Dortoirs des Moins, Poitiers
Into the Woods - Jul 2017, Chapel Gallery, Bromyard
Ewyas Harold Festival of Arts - May 2017, Ewyas Harold, guest artist
The Arborealists - Apr-May 2017, Nature in Art, Twigworth
Picturing Faith - Jan-Apr 2017, Methodist Modern Art Collection @ Canterbury Cathedral
Forty Days, Forty Artists - Mar - Apr 2017, Discoed, mid Wales
y gallery caerffili - Dec 2016 - my work featured in Christmas Show
The Arborealists - Aug 2016, Westonbirt Arboretum
Crickhowell Open - Summer 2016 & 2014, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
The Arborealists - Apr-Jun 2016, St Barbe, Lymington
Under Welsh Skies - Feb-Mar 2014, invited show, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
Adrian Henri Prize: poetry in art - Apr 2013, Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, 30 artists shortlisted from 253 entries
Risen! - Mar-Apr 2013, Piano Nobile, London followed by
Art of Crucifixion & Eastertide - Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire, featuring Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art e.g. Patrick Heron and Graham Sutherland alongside 15 invited contemporary artists
Stations of the Cross - Lent 2012, invited group show, Discoed
Orchard Odyssey - Apr 2011 invited show, Apple Store Gallery
Heritage Orchards - Sep 2010 invited show, Apple Store Gallery
Treescapes - Jan-Apr 2010 six artists, Barker Gallery, Pontypool
The Wickton Creative - Sep 2009, 2010 invited show, Stoke Prior
This Fragile Earth - Jul-Aug 2009 invited show, Monmouth
The Thin Line - Oct-Dec 2004 selected show, Barker Gallery, Pontypool

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust - current residency
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust - A year in Lea & Paget’s Wood 2016
Nature in Art - April 2015 & May 2012, 1 week residencies by invitation
Drawing the Light - Mar 2010, St Weonards Benefice, Herefordshire
Experimental Drawing - Jul 2007, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Creative Roots - Jun 2006, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Art & The Spirit - Jul 2005, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Art in the Woods - Sep 2004, devised and project managed woodland art trail featuring 50 artists at Queenswood Arboretum
Outdoor Labyrinth - 1998-2000, led community project to raise funds & create full-sized replica of medieval labyrinth (Chartres Cathedral) in Lower Hutt, New Zealand