Richard Rowan is known for his unique reverse painting technique, defying all the normal rules. Richard works backwards by painting the foreground first with all the fine detail, and the background last. The glass itself replaces the function of varnish for sealing and protecting, giving the painting a wonderfully shiny, glossy effect. Even though the surface is very flat, when the image is mounted in a box frame it appears to be floating, this medium enables him to achieve a much smoother gradient and colour spectrum than canvas. In turn his natural phenomena are brought to life.