An Indiana native, Richard attended Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana and earned a degree in Visual Communications Design.
His professional career started in Indianapolis, Indiana and then migrated to northwest Indiana in 1990.
In 1994, Rich opened his graphic design firm, GOODNIGHT and ASSOCIATES where he trained clients in software and systems and taught computer design at Valparaiso University.
Moving to Florida in 2016, Rich gave up shoveling snow, but maintains his design business and is putting more focus on his fine art.
Rich creates his artwork in graphite, charcoal, watercolor, oil and pastel.