Richard Dotson's brother taught him to draw at age 5. This gave him a hunger for art. Dotson started drawing whatever he could, and with help and direction he started drawing birds from photos. By the time Dotson was in my teens he wanted to learned as much as he could about painting. But he felt the teachers never really demonstrated how to. "They would just have us draw this and paint that. At first I didn't understand that the paint or media that we work with was teaching me, all I had to do is work with it" says Dotson. Through the years oil paint has taught him so much on how to control the media. Dotson still learn new things that can be done with oil paint. He loves the vibrant color he gets with certain techniques that he feels he can't get with other medias. As he was growing up he enjoyed the surrealist and all the strange twists and hidden meaning in surreal paintings. In response Dotson has been developing his own style of surrealism with a bit of fantasy added.