Born and raised in the Dawson area of Fayette County, Rich Newill resides with his wife Ronnie in East Conemaugh, near Johnstown, PA. He developed a love for creating art at an early age, but did not begin his professional career until he was in his forties. He is best known for his realistic still lifes, with a strong sense of composition and rich senuous use of color.
Newill maintains an active studio in his home where he paints and explores the never-ending possibilities of painting techniques. Many of his works are among the holdings of private collectors in scattered locations around the world.
His works have won "best of show" awards, "most popular" awards, and many first prizes and other top honors. He belongs to many art clubs in the area, and in 2006 was accepted into The American Artists Professional League, one of the most prestgious art clubs in New York City. In 2008, 2010 and 2012 he won awards at The Natioal Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Richard has also done many "One Man Shows" across in the area. In 2005, he was invited by Joe Hardy, owner of 84 lumber, to do a one man show at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Mr. Hardy has one of Richard's paintings in his office, one in his home and two in his art collection at Nemacolin Woodland Resort.
In 2008. Richard was picked by John and Joyce Murtha, to do a christmas ornament for the national Christmas Tree in the White House. Richard and his wife Ronnie were invited to the White House , by Laura Bush, for lighting of the tree and party afterwards.
In 2012 Richard became involved with the Pittsburgh Pirates, doing two paintings for their front office. One was a portrait of Chuck Tanner and one was a painting of Pirate Greats from the past.
Richard is represented by Gallery 444 in San Francisco.