Bill Richards' (09/19/1944- ) work according to a review in the February, 1990 "Art News," largely deal with "the nature of seeing" and effortlessly combine Zen transendentalism and the meticuculous detail of photographic realism. Richards favors a palette of grays, using graphite pencils to draw detailed magnifications of the forest floor and other natural forms. He captures the reality that exists in the natural world, but that few actually take the time to view. Bill Richards was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1944. He received a B.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in 1966, an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1968, and an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1970 (where he studied etching and lithography). In 1975 Richards was awarded the Creative Artists Public Service Programs Grant, and in 1977 he received the National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Representations of his work are housed in the permanent collections of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York, the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina, and the Takasawa Institution of the Sokei Academy of Fine Arts in Japan, just to name several. Richards has also been featured in one-man and group exhibitions at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York, and the Richard Feigen Gallery in Chicago.