In a shortened career of twenty-five years, with a focused dedication to artistic integrity, Richard Bunkall created a significant body of work that was both original and emotionally compelling. He was able to tell the story of humanity and its vulnerability through his art. He embraced and glorified the creations of man and ensconced them in monuments of his own making; adeptly portraying man's desire to create something more permanent than himself. Recognized by his peers and acclaimed by the critical establishment, he was honored with Individual Painting Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts twice within five years. Bunkall was also a revered teacher at the prominent academic institution Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 1994, Richard Bunkall was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In his last year, while his physical strength diminished, his passion for painting did not. He was able to produce and work until nearly the end of his life, which included a series of limited edition fine art giclee prints on paper.