While Richard Louis Newman has painted watercolor and acrylic landscapes and seascapes since the early seventies, his love of aircraft set his art on a new heading several years ago. Since that time his work has appeared in Daredevils Magazine, Airbeat, The Journal of Airborne Law Enforcement, the Aviation Art Section of Air Classics, REPArtee and AutoPILOT. In January '98, his painting IN AWE OF THE GIANT was released on a prepay collector phone card. Then, during the summer of '98, with the help of webdesigner Ann Morris, Richard launched his art on the World Wide Web. February '99 marked the publication of his third print, MORNING ELECTRA, featuring the Eastern Airlines L-188. His fourth print, WITH A WHISPER AND A ROAR, featured the Eastern Airlines Boeing 727, and is his best-selling print to date. October of 2007 brought THREE OVER THE FENCE, his most recent print featuring the L-1011 TriStar. Richard has participated in many art shows in the Tampa Bay area, including The Brandon League of Fine Arts Spring Festival, and a featured spot in The Ybor City Arts Walk. Presently Richard is at work on the Eastern Airlines' DC-8 in a painting titled: EIGHT MIAMI BOUND.
Born in Tampa, Florida, September 25, 1956, Richard is also the author of two mass-market paperback novels, SIEGE OF ORBITOR (1980) and ON WINGS OF EVIL (1988). His short fiction has appeared in Espionage magazine, and The Tampa Tribune's Fiction Quarterly. From 1988 through 1991, he was publisher of MISTT, Man in Space Today and Tomorrow, a newsletter dedicated to the support of manned space flight.
Always interested in aviation, Richard had a run at sport parachuting in the mid-seventies, and in November 1993, successfully completed his first solo.
In recent years, because of his work featuring the aircraft flown by Eastern Airlines, several former Eastern pilots have "adopted" Richard into the "Eastern Family", a distinction for which he feels extremely honored.
When Richard is not at work in the studio, he is often seen about town with his "spots", three of which were rescues. Richard created the website for Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay, an organization saving abandoned and unwanted Dalmatians from high-kill shelters all across Florida, and placing them into loving, forever homes. Please visit the DRTB website by CLICKING HERE, and "adopt a spot in your heart".