This page is about Richard
Hardaker, the artist who very kindly donated all the illustrations
in The Wilderness Weeks and The Wilderness Revisited.
Richard was born and brought
up in Hull a little over 30 years ago. He spent a year and a half
in London in the early 1990s and moved to North East England in
1997. You can see him in the pictures of the cheque presentation
to the PDSA. Click
He studied many different
styles of painting and enjoyed using a diverse approach to each
subject. Just how versatile he was, is apparent when you look
at his "Gallery".
Richard exhibited his work
at the Ferens Art Gallery and Postengate Gallery in Hull, as well
as the University Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne. He also had
one of his works exhibited at the Royal Academy, although he was
only 9 years old at the time!
Spock and Dracs feel honoured
that Richard contributed his time and talent to their project.
Although Ann had mixed feelings the day his elderly and rather
temperamental sports car failed to start after a visit. Richard
emerged from the car with a determined look on his face and a
large hammer in his hand. "This usually does the trick",
he said blithely as he opened the bonnet and gave something inside
the engine a few hearty bangs. Nothing happened. Ann rolled up
her sleeves and pushed! (She only drives automatics, so clutches
are a mystery to her.)
As well as helping the boys,
Richard recently donated one of his paintings to a charity auction
in aid of Tiny Lives. It sold for £700.
Sadly, Richard died in December
You can see some of his
other work by clicking on the two pages below.