Richard Rochester is a visual artist based in Exeter in the South West of England. He studied fine art at Exeter College of Art and Design and graduated in 1991.
Born in 1967, Richard grew up in the fishing village of Lympstone in Devon. After school he initially trained as a jeweller but went on to take a degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design and graduated in 1991. Yearning for adventure, just 3 months after graduation, Richard began an 18 year military career, initially as an infantry officer and later as a Royal Marines officer. During this time he travelled widely and served operationally in Bosnia Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.
He left the military in 2012 and briefly ran a veterans' charity project before focussing his full attention to his creative interests..