Richard Schloss was born in 1953 in Fort Worth Texas but worked and showed in Santa Barbara since 1972. He completed a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at UCSB in 1979 and a BA in Italian in 1981.
He initially explored many different styles and mediums but focused on painting outside in the landscape in 1976 which he continued to do exclusively until the mid 80s. Today he continues to paint en plein air on small paintings but does most of his work in the studio on large paintings. In 1980 he spent a year painting in Europe on an award scholarship and in 1992 he was chosen to paint the diorama backgrounds for The Cartwright Interactions Hall at The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He has done numerous commissions for public spaces including Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara Historical Museum and The Palo Alto Medical Foundations in Mountain View and in Sunnyvale, and in 2015 had a large one-man show at the Ventura Museum of Art. His work is included in four museums in the Central California area including the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, The Ridley Tree Museum and the Ventura Museum of Art.
Today he lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife, Julie, a 20 year old daughter at university in Manchester, England a 30 year old son in Idaho, and two grandchildren.