Richard Alther was born and raised in suburban New Jersey. He graduated with a degree in English from Cornell University and pursued twin careers as a writer and painter.
After several years in Manhattan, Richard moved to Vermont and earned his family’s living writing extensively about vegetable gardening and homesteading. His simultaneous career as an exhibiting painter included gallery representation and one-person shows in Montreal, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and Florida. He is also a Huffington Post blogger on Gay Voices.
Outside his work life, Richard trained and competed nationally as a master swimmer for several years. At the Gay Games in Chicago, he won four gold medals and a silver. After continuous and far-flung adventures as an emerging gay man, he met his husband, the musician Ray Repp, 13 years ago. They divide their time between homes in southern California and Vermont, where their grandchildren reside.