Richard Travers Roberts was born in 1956 and educated in north Buckinghamshire. He spent some of his formative years in Zambia and South Africa, before attending a foundation course in art and design at High Wycombe and later a BA Hons. degree in sculpture at the Norwich School of Art.
His interest in wildlife was nurtured during the four years spent in Africa. His passion for bird life continues to the present day and he does voluntary surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology.
He has spent most of his working life as a freelance designer and modeller but has also developed a range of his own work in bronze. He initially moved to East Anglia to be nearer the rich birdlife of the east coast, but latterly spent 14 years in Worcestershire where he came to know the Severn Valley and the Wyre Forest, with its diverse wildlife.