Richard Long is a painter, sculptor, photographer and writer born in 1945 in Bristol England. Long's work is inspired by his personal ventures and journeys through secluded nature. Along the way he creates sculptures that are built into the environment using the natural surrounding materials. These are called "earthworks". They are meant to be a part of nature, and like all that is natural, to be eventually consumed by nature. Part of creating earthworks is accepting an inevitable erosion, therefore, an artist creates an earthwork more for the experience of creating it than for it to be hung in a museum and appreciated.
Long focuses on the overall shape of his sculptures in relationship to the fine detail of the textures. The simple shapes in his work express the balance, serenity and freedom felt by traveling throughout beautiful landscapes. As with any art piece, only the artist knows the true experience of creation. His work is not only based upon the end result. It includes the entire physical and mental journey before the execution of the tangible piece. This goes to show that art does not have to be defined by any medium. It can be an experience, an observation and even an impression that you may leave on your environment.