Richard Booth was born in Water Valley, Mississippi. He grew up in Clinton, Mississippi. He attended Hinds Community College and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern Mississippi and a master of fine arts from University of Georgia. Booth had muscular dystrophy.
Booth produced over 900 works including 5-by-7 foot abstract paintings as well as intimate self-portraits. Booth died March 7, 1999.