ABOUT THE ARTIST
Richard was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming USA and in 2002 with his family, moved to Australia. Looking for a hobby, Richard dragged a fallen Poplar tree into his shed and tried his hand at carving. Richard had recently seen a performance of a Maori Haka and was inspired to carve a Maori influenced Totem Pole. He had not quite finished this piece when he was diagnosed with Leaukemia and subsequently endured a Bone Marrow transplant.
After a brush with such a life altering disease, Richard viewed life very differently. Richard's hidden talent led him to never return to his 'day job' and pursue this artistic path. He built a studio in Barkers Creek, Victoria and the creations you see on this web site are glimpses of Richard's Wyoming heritage coupled with a love of iconic Australian images.
2014, Richard was honored to be invited to participate and exhibit at World Wood Day, held in Fujian Province, China.
Richard has been invited to teach classes for the annual 3 day Carve-in, hosted by Mannningham Woodcraft.
He has also been invited to be guest speaker for numerous clubs and events.
HONOURS AND AWARDS :
FEB 2017: Named as the Official Woodcarver of the Royal Australian Navy
JUNE 2015: Castlemaine Rotary Art Show. Winner Best 3 Dimensional Art Work.
MARCH 2014: World Wood Day, Fujian Province, China. Sponsored Invitation.
Exhibiton & demonstrator, 18 day Exhibhition & Cultural Tour.
JUNE 2014: Castlemaine Rotary Art Show. Winner Best 3 Dimensional Art Work.
JUNE 2012: Castlemaine Rotary Art Show. Winner Best 3 Dimensional Art Work.
SEPT 2012: Royal Melbourne Show. 1st Prize Woodcarving.
JUNE 2012: Sutton Grange Art Show. Highly Commended Sculpture.
SEPT 2012: Royal Melbourne Show. 2nd Prize Sculpture Freeform.
OCT 2011: Lot 19 art Space, Castlemaine. Winner Tonks Sculpture Award.