Richard Humphrey began his formal art education at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1972. He then joined the staff of the Aerospace Corporation as a graphic designer, which provided him with a comprehensive background in design, illustration, and computer graphics. As a fine artist, Humphrey has focused on painting en plein air, concentrating on the area in which he was raised, California's Palos Verdes Peninsula. Since 1997, Humphrey and fellow local artists have created hundreds of paintings to benefit the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in the preservation of the still undeveloped acreage in the area. California Museum exhibitions include: The Autry National Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, the Carnegie Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the State Capitol Building in Sacramento. He is a Founding Member of the Portuguese Bend Artists Colony and a Signature Member of the California Art Club, where he was awarded the Edgar Payne Award for landscape painting in 2007.