Inspired by his mother and teachers, retired preacher pursues his art
Each piece of art displayed in the rooms of Frederick B. Richardson Sr.’s Texas City home tells a different story through creations he has painted from thoughts and ideas in his mind.
Richardson, 71, is a retired preacher who grew up in Galveston and started drawing at age 6. He enjoys using acrylics, pencil and pastels for his art, which he paints often in his garage, he said.
“My mother always encouraged me by saying that I had a gift,” he said. “With her encouragement, I continued my love of art at Central High School and Galveston College. The art instructors there truly inspired the gift of art that was inside of me.”
That inspiration he got from his teachers also moved him to become an artist like his mother, he said.
“I entered several art contests while in school and received honorable mentions for my work,” he said. “Some of my works I put on postcards were sold at the souvenir shop at Moody Gardens, as well as at B. Dalton book stores, which featured some of my postcards and blank greeting cards.”
Richardson, who doesn’t stick to any single form of drawing, also writes Christian books and has invented some toys.
When he’s not spending time with his wife, Janie, or their three sons, Fred Jr., Anthony and Broderick, he loves to just relax and watch Christian movies and documentaries, as well as spend time with his 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, he said.
One day, he’d like to open up his own art studio and gift shop, he said.
“My inspiration is my love for drawing with color and creativity,” he said. “I truly love creating my thoughts and feelings on canvas, paper or whatever is near. It’s something that has been with me my entire life. It’ll never go away.”