Growing up in Fort Pierce in the 1970s, local painter Richard Edwards has always been inspired by the Highwaymen school of artists and knew of them long before their fame. He studied and absorbed the styles and skills of many of these painters, including Alfred Hair, Sr., Harold Newton and Roy McLendon.
The original Highwayman movement led to the creation of the 2nd generation Highwaymen artists, as a few Fort Pierce natives were mentored by original Highwaymen artist, Johnny Lee Daniels. Edwards is one of those artists and considers Daniels his greatest mentor. He now paints at the Studio17 Art Gallery in Fort Pierce which he co-owns.