Born in Amarillo, Texas
November 22, 1952
Kirk Richards studied with prominent American painter and teacher Richard Lack in Minneapolis from 1976-1980 after earning his BFA and MA degrees in art from West Texas State University. Kirk returned to Amarillo with his wife Linda in 1981. The following year he founded Atelier Richards and taught there until 1988 when he was commissioned to paint three murals for the centennial of First Baptist Church in Amarillo.
Also well known for his still life and genre paintings, in 1984, Richards was one of only 24 artists nationwide to be certified by the American Portrait Society and has painted many of Amarillo’s noted citizens………………….J. Kirk Richards is a fine arts painter particularly known for his religious paintings. He has also illustrated a handful of children’s books, recorded an album of songs with another in process, and filmed music videos.