Richard Herman is a self-taught artist who began experimenting with oil painting in his early teens. Having a strong interest in western art history, he initially learned his craft by studying the paintings of the northern European Renaissance. Seeking to recreate the crisp form and transparent atmosphere seen in panels by artists such as Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Van Der Wyden, he worked out the basic technique of that period, then applied it to his own themes. This technique involved laying successive layers of tinted glaze over high contrast monochrome under-painting. Compositions were based on detailed drawings made from a combination of direct observation and memory. After working with figure based allegorical scenes in this way for several years, the landscape elements in his paintings came forward as the main subject of his work.