Richard was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in 1959, and belongs to the Northern Tutchone Tribe. Richard is a self-taught artist. He originally started painting wildlife at an early age along with painting his favourite rock star or sports idol. In 1978, Richard moved to Vancouver.
In the early 1980s, Richard started painting West Coast Native design and soon developed his own distinct, style, using the wildlife form of the animal and adding his native design on the inside of the form.
Over the years, Richard has moved around – Vancouver Island, Richmond, and Whitehorse, but always returning to Vancouver. Today, Richard is one of the most sought-after Native artists, with works throughout many galleries. He is very versatile, working on drums, paddles, masks, and rattles in addition to his paintings. His pieces are collected internationally.