~ Artist ~

Artist Richard Haynes, Jr.
Visual Storyteller ~ Cultural Keeper

About The Artist

Richard resides with his family in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  He hails from Charleston, South Carolina, and served four years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era as a Dental Technician.  Richard was educated in New York where he received an MFA from Pratt Institute in 1979.


     An American visual storyteller, a cultural keeper and maker, Richard uses his art not only to make society aware of the invisible in this world but also to provoke unity.  It reflects his own colorful and diverse life.  He is a painter, photographer, educator, lecturer, professor, mentor, and a strong advocate for social justice.


     He is the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at  the University of New Hampshire.  He worked for CBS Publishing from 1979-1986.  His own company "Haynes Images" was established in 1986-2005.  Richard was an adjunct professor at McIntosh College, a faculty mentor at UNH for their McNair Graduate Opportunity Program, an art instructor at the Currier Museum, an art teacher at East Side House Settlement, a videographer instructor at the South Bronx Community Action Theater and a visual illiteracy teaching assistant at PS6/Model Cities Program in New York.


     Author Dennis Robinson: "Richard's works of art are part memory of his subject, part nostalgia, part hope - one man's reprocessing of a topic; shape, and color, into something else all together.  He begins, simply with the scenes and citizens that capture his eye. Like Walt Whitman, he celebrates what it means to be an American in an era of great National transformation.  Like Whitman, he tells our stories, not with words, but using shape and hues, in a style that is both instantly familiar and surprisingly new."


      Portsmouth Herald:  "Haynes' aesthetic approach directly mirrors Jacob Lawrence's use of flat bold shapes and color, Gwathmey's thorough and concise visual expression of his subject matter, and Orozco/Rivera's ability to peel back the layers so that we can clearly see through the cultural illusion of racism and find the true reality of it".

     New Hampshire Magazine: "He has created a series of 12 acrylic paintings done in his signature style - semi-abstract faceless figures rendered in flat, bold colors - that portray blacks and whites harmoniously living, working and playing together, side by side, even touching, something that was forbidden in Haynes' childhood world."

     University of New Hampshire Students: Empowering, Moving, Charismatic, Inspiring, Caring, Ambitious, Compassionate, One-of-a-Kind, Motivating, Dedicated, a Patient Guider, Loving, Passionate, Unyielding to the pressure of Challenge, Enthusiastic, Courageous,  Expressive, Driven, Spiritual, Painfully Honest, Fervent, and an Amazing individual to know.


     Chronicle WMUR-TV Jennifer Crompton: "Artist Richard Haynes settled in New Hampshire following a journey he describes as "an African American looking for a better way." Since then Haynes has not only worked with students at UNH but his powerful, colorful paintings have enriched our landscape."


     The Concord Monitor dubbed him the "Crayon Master" for his use with oil waxed based crayons.   In his work, Haynes both calls attention to, and breaks racial stereotypes.



  • NEACAC Ideal Award-NH Association of College Admission Counseling
  • Citizen of the Year-Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • President's Excellence through Diversity and Social Justice Award-University of New Hampshire
  • Vision of Race Unity Award-Baha'i
  • Renaissance Man-NH Magazine-Citation from State of NH Governor Craig R. Benson
  •  Individual Artist Fellowship-New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts
  • Outstanding Achievement Award-CBS Educational and Professional Publishing.  

His work can be found at the Currier Museum of Art and the Avery Art Institute,

Grants / Fellowships / Publications

  •  For The Child - Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire             
  •  It Should be Simple - Diversity Dialogue and Mural collaboration wit the Portsmouth Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Coalition and the Portsmouth High School 
  •  The Shape of Diversity - Community Mural Project, Saint Anselm College                                                      
  •  The Great Migration - A mural collaboration with the Currier Museum Art Center                                              
  •  Looking In, Looking Out - Child Study and Development Center Mural, University of New  Hampshire - Southern  Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance  
  •  UNH Parents Association Major Grant, University of New Hampshire                                                                   
  •  Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire Individual Artist Fellowship                                           New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, State of NH and The National  Endowment for the Arts 
  •  The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund - Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation in conjunction with the    Portsmouth Music Hall and Middle School 
  •  Richard Haynes, “The Great Shape Hunt," Houghton Mifflin Company
  •  Richard Haynes, “Portsmouth Unabridged: New Poems for an Old City,” Peter E. Randall Publisher
  •  Richard Haynes."Regalia, Native American Dance," Sundance Publishing                                                          Book Award: 1998  Read, America Collection       


Board Membership Present and Past  

  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • NH Advisory Committee, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
  • President, Currier Advisory Council, Currier Art Center Task Force, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Portsmouth Athenaeum,
  • Proprietor, Save the Pearl, Art-Speak City of  Portsmouth Cultural Commission, Seacoast African American Cultural Center and McIntosh College Graphic Design and Photography