Welcome to my Web site!
Hello my name is Richard Maidment and I am from
I live in Hampshire, close to the
You can contact me at:
My interests and skills are
primarily artwork [these days]
Rich, is he an artist, or isn't he?
Whilst it is true that I've completed and sold a few commissioned portraits
& pictures, and certainly true that I am struggling, and I don't yet
have the cheek to fully adopt the soubriquet artist. Just how
many commissions I will need to complete before I am comfortable with the
idea? I haven't decided yet; perhaps never? Or maybe after I've
sold a few original works? Who can say?
Either way, I enjoy drawing and
painting in watercolour and there are a number of examples of my work here
on the site. I am also happy to consider private commissions in
pencil/graphite; I work from photograph and you can contact me at the email
address shown on the About Me page. Check out the gallery to see what I can
a little software development
I was a Windows application
developer for 8 - 10 years working for a number of software houses
including: Dr Solomon's [until Network Associates bought them out],
BBS/Encoda Systems, OMRON.
Initially C++, latterly C#.
I no longer work in this field but
maintain an interest and occasionally fiddle about with my own projects,
although to be truthful, as my interest in artwork has increased, this area
of my life has come to seem a good deal less important.
a little music
After Dr Solomon's sold out and
having declined Network Associates offer of e new job in California, I took
a year out to pursue my hobbies. At that time, desktop composition was
just starting to become more accessible to the hobbyist; Echo/Event
had just released their 20bit Layla box, Stienberg were about to release
Cubase VST and I happened to have time on my hands and a few quid to spend.
I had always had an interest in music. In Southampton, at the age of
14, back around 1977/8 I got into a band with some friends. We called
ourselves Catch 22 which was our first big mistake; there have been
many Catch 22's and none of them have been successful. We gigged
around for about 6-7years on and off and with various personnel, but
generally the three core members were myself, Phil Odgers aka Swill, and
Paul Simmonds, and later on Phil's brother Jon who I'd been at school with.
Incidentally, those three went on to become The Men They Couldn't Hang
whom some of you will have heard of; but that's another story. The
height of Catch 22's career came during The Clash 16-Tons tour in the
late 70's when we supported at both Portsmouth Guildhall and Poole Art
I digress to drop a few names; sorry
'bout that. My point was, I took out a year from working to mess
around with a little PC-based project studio which comprised: Pentium PC,
Event Layla HD recorder, Spirit Folio SX desk, Alesis 3630 compressor,
cheapo multi-effects unit, a Samson amp, an AKAI S5000 sampler and an
Novation SuperNOVA II synth, Cubase VST and oodles of plug-ins. I
spent a happy 12-months knocking out tunes that no one would ever hear but
that pleased me no end.
Nowadays I don't do too much of that
[in fact, I flogged the Novation a few years back] BUT... I do have
one tune left which is included on the TRAX page. Judge for yourself
whether or not the world is better-off now that I have stopped making music.
a little web design
Recently I have begun [in a small
way] to offer my services in this regard. I guess this site will give
you an idea of my abilities. Although to be fair, tiscali personal web
space doesn't support much in the way of widgets... not even a hit counter!
I have a couple of voluntary jobs in hand, as they are completed I'll add
there addresses you can check them out.