Richard Torrey is the author/illustrator of fourteen books and the illustrator of dozens more. For the better part of two decades, he has also been the creator of a top-selling line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings.
Born in Los Angeles, Richard began doodling as soon as he could hold a crayon. In third grade, he showed a picture of a horse he had drawn to the legendary comic strip creator, Charles Schulz. Schulz drew Snoopy on the back of the picture, inspiring Richard to follow a similar career path.
After graduating from Allegheny College, Torrey created the first of two successful syndicated comic strips; Hartland (King Features), followed with a sports strip, PETE and CLETE (Creators Syndicate), both of which appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the world.
During that time, Richard was also an editorial cartoonist for The National (sports daily), as well as a regular contributor to Inside Sports Magazine, Inside Hockey, Fanzine Media (a European hockey magazine published in Sweden, Finland, and Norway), Kid City Magazine (a Sesame St. Publication), Highlights Magazine, The Hockey News, and Football Digest.
Torrey also spent time working with Disney on the development of an animated children's series for their preschool division, Playhouse Disney.
Richard is on the faculty of The Art League of Long Island, where for the past 25 years he has taught classes in cartooning and anime/manga.
The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and two children