Richard Bantigue is an active duty U.S. Marine stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. When he is off duty, he works as a freelance artist living in Swansboro North Carolina. He was born and raised in the Philippines; he spent most of his childhood creating art with all types of media. His passion and devotion to art allowed him to win multiple art contests while growing up in Manila. A year after graduating high school, in the Philippines at the age of 15, he moved to America to be with his father in Missouri, who he had not seen for 11 years. He decided to enroll into Lebanon High School to gain knowledge and experience about the American culture. His involvement in this school elevated his artistic abilities and expanded it into numerous categories such as drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and digital art. At the same time, he worked at several part time freelance art jobs. He also won various art competitions throughout the 2 years that he spent in this school. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. His undeniable skills allowed him the opportunity to paint several exceptional murals aboard the S.S. Wright in Baltimore, the S.S. Curtiss in San Diego and Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field, Bogue North Carolina. He enjoys and takes pride in the service he gives to the United States, to the corps and above all his family on and off duty. As a flexible freelance artist, he creates exciting art pieces, no matter what type of media it might be. He aspires to become a successful multimedia artist and publish his own graphic novel.