R.W. Rich’s career as a professional artist spans over 30 years. During this time he has been an editorial cartoonist, illustrator, art director and graphic artist for newspapers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Tennessee. At a young age, he was Inspired by the maritime paintings of Carl Evers and the Horatio Hornblower novels, specifically Treasure Island and the many other works of his marine literature.
Rich’s work has been honored with numerous awards including; Division Award for Newspaper Illustration 2003 & 2005; he was a finalist in 2010 and again in 2012, New England Associated Press Newspaper Editors; New England Newspaper & Press Association; UPI and the Society of Professional Journalists. His work has been shown at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport since 2012.