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For fifty years Richard Maitland was a professional dancer, a teacher and a choreographer. He appeared in ballet, concert, musical comedy, cabaret, television. motion pictures and on Broadway before becoming an internationally recognized artist.

Richard Maitland's paintings have been interpreted as “romantic”, “mysterious”, “nostalgic” and “whimsical”. There are critics who have labeled Richard Maitland a surrealist, envisioning the art of Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte. But Richard rejected a strict surrealist label, preferring to describe his work as “romantic and at times surreal”. His paintings seem to pull the viewer out of time into a lonely, quiet, pensive and dreamlike world that is often touched with humor. Perhaps it is this feature that inspires many to call his artwork “magical”.

Richard Maitland’s artwork was collected by many individuals including stars of Hollywood, the theater and the opera. His paintings appear in numerous private collections that include the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Ralph Bellamy's, Blake Edwards, Phyllis Diller, Jack Lemmon, Jerry Lewis, R.C. Gorman, Johnny Mercer, Martha Ray and Harpo Marx to name only a few.

In 2014 George Richard Alexander Maitland died peacefully in his sleep in at the age of 88.