Richard Staat graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA degree. For 35 years he worked as a commercial artist before moving to Oak Island, NC where he paints in his studio nearly every day. Richard belongs to the Central Ohio Watercolor Society; The Associated Artists of Southport; the Oak Island Art Guild; and is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. He has won national, state wide and local exhibition awards for his watercolor paintings. His paintings can be found in public and private collections.