Richard was born in Cambridge England in 1956 Moving to Canada in 1967 He attended the Alberta college of art foundation year in 1977. Moving to British Columbia in 1984 Richard attended Emily Carr College or from 1985 to 1989. He has been in the pursuit of sculptural excellence ever since.
Forbes has been a working sculpture for 33 years and now owns and operates a bronze foundry in Fort Langley that was converted from a heritage church where he is the caretaker. This is one of the only foundries where not only does he do his own work but the bronze casting work of others.