Richard Patterson’s propensity for art began when he was only a boy with one archetypal childhood obsession. “Growing up, I was really into comic books,” he says. “My first memories of creating art were when I would try to recreate the heroes and villains in my favorite comics in sketchbooks. Eventually, I started making my own comics.” Richard was also fortunate to grow up in a household wherein art and creation were almost a way of life and he was encouraged to pursue his passion. “My mother was always a very creative person,” he says. “She was a crafter and would do these amazingly intricate cross-stitch works. She supported me fully when I stopped wanting to play sports and wanted to commit most of my spare time to art.” Music has also played an integral role in Richard’s vision. “I was really inspired by the designs on the sleeves of my parent’s records,” he says. “I couldn’t sing one verse of an Asia song, but I can still see some of their album covers in my mind. I also love music and pull from themes and moods certain music puts me in.” Now, Richard draws significantly from his spirituality and personal experiences as a born-again Christian, and he sees his creativity as a direct conversation with God. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to explain this based on the content,” he says. “I’m very involved in my church, but sometimes I hesitate showing my work to people there because I have to explain how a skeletal, robotic figure with no eyes wrapped in vines and flowers is symbolic of my faith. And I hate that when someone thinks of Christian art, it might immediately turn them away. There is such a rich history and partnership between art and the church.” In 2009, Richard participated in the repainting of the Deep Ellum Art Park murals alongside several local artists, including Kevin Obregon who was an art coordinator for Art Con at the time. “He told me about Art Conspiracy and what they do, and he suggested I sign up for the event when the call went out.” Through his involvement in Art Con since that time, he has been introduced to a community of people who truly care about the arts in Dallas, and it’s helped him gain perspective as to where he fits into the picture. “Art Con has meant a lot to me over the years,” he says. “The most important thing Art Con does is celebrate and benefit local arts-based charities. Through the years I’ve participated, the beneficiaries have focused on children, individuals with disabilities, women in prison – when i think about the lives this organization has touched, it really humbles me to think I was lucky enough to play a part in that.”
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