Miranda Richmond’s work stems from a deeply perceptive connection to subject matter, and her images are often as intense as they are contemplative. Wherever she travels – Australia, Egypt, Scotland – she aims to depict the landscape as if she were a part of it. And nowhere is this more evident than in her many images of North Yorkshire, her home for over thirty years.
Her technique and working philosophy were deeply influenced by Miles Richmond, former student of David Bomberg and a founding member of the short-lived but influential Borough Group of postwar painters.
Miles challenged her to see landscape as an opportunity to recognise and capture not only specific states of matter – water and air – but also a moment in time.
She extends this approach to portraiture and her detailed studies of the people she knows best: her children, friends, and those she supports as a professional caregiver.
Born in Buckinghamshire, Miranda studied art at the University of Bristol, and in 1979, not long after graduating, she met Miles Richmond whom she later married. She then moved to North Yorkshire to teach at the summer school Miles and David Seaton (with the participation of Harry Thubron) had established in East Rounton.
She went on to teach painting at various adult education courses in Middlesborough and Stockton-on-Tees. She has also organised workshops for children and parents at several North Yorkshire primary schools. Later, after training as an art therapist at the University of Sheffield, she worked full-time for as a Community and Support worker for the North of England Refugee Service.
Since 2007, she has organised and run various art workshops with for refugees, the elderly, NHS patients with mental health issues, physical disabilities, and dementia sufferers.