Richard Whadcock studied at both Bristol Art College and the Royal College of Art giving him a solid background in painting as well as printmaking. He uses aspects of printmaking and lithography in his approach to painting through the parring down of anything that is insignificant for the image to work.

Whadcock incorporates elements of artists such as Cy Twombly, Robert Motherwell, and others using their influences in his own works. Beginning with a strong reference point of a sketch, photograph or even a memory, then eventually allowing the painting process to inevitably take over, Whadcock is able to create beautiful works that utilize a unique approach to layers and technique.