About the Artist
Richard is challenged to create universal abstract concepts in various forms.
It is not a choice; he selects the wood or stone to carve by its feel, touch, and color. He then starts carving with no preconception about what the piece will be. He finds this approach allows tremendous freedom to create unique forms. Other times he will create a form to make a statement about what has happened or is happening in the world with the hope that it will move people to explore their own thoughts and feelings.
His art is about the wonder and beauty of our humanity.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Richard served in the US Navy 1959 -1963, has traveled extensively and now lives in Western North Carolina. He began pursuing his interest in the visual arts in the late 1960’s and works in pencil, acrylics, wood and stone.
He attended the University of Maryland at College Park and overseas extension Keflavik, Iceland, Johns Hopkins graduate writing seminars, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) , and University of Maine.
He apprenticed at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, Mercerville, NJ. September 1991 - June 1993 and received certificate of achievements in wax chasing, modeling/enlarging, ceramic shell, mold making, metal chasing, structures, and sand foundry. Attended the Polytek rubber and plastic mold making and casting seminar workshop.
Accepted into the New England Sculptors Association. In 2007 and 2008 he attended 8 day work shops at Southwest Stone Carving, Jemez, NM. principles and techniques of stone carving. Attended stone work shops at 2 Sculpt, Lawerence, Kansas, instructed in various techniques 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2015. Accepted by Pasquale Martini, master stone carver, to work under him for 4 weeks at his studio in Tuscany, Italy during the month of June, 2017. Richard continues to create in his studio in Asheville, NC. working with wood and stone.
1995 Defining Sculpture, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Gallery, Boston, MA
1995 New England Sculptors Association Manchester Airport and Highlands Inn.
1994 NESA Fall Show, Feder al Reserve Bank of Boston Gallery, Boston, MA
1993 Drawing, Painting & Sculpture (March solo exhibition), Extension Gallery, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ
1993 Carrier Fine Arts Show, Belle Mead, NJ
1993 Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual, Philadelphia, PA
1991 The Figure – Evolving Traditions, National Sculpture Society’s 58th Annual Exhibition at Fairfield University, CT. Only 52 of the 270 submissions were accepted. Piece selected: Enchantress.
2017 Pasquale Martini, master stone carver, 4 week workshop, Tuscany, Italy.
2016 Completed 80 hour welding course Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC.
2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 3 day Sculpture Workshops, Lawrence, Kansas. Various stone carving technics, May and Oct. each year
2007 and 2008 Southwest Stone Carving Workshop, principles and technics of stone carving. 8 days, Jemez, New Mexico.
1992 Polytek Rubber and Plastic mold making and casting workshop.
1991 - 1993 Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, Certificates in: wax chasing, ceramic shell, modeling/enlarging, mold making, metal chasing, structures, and sand foundry.
1989 Univ. of Maine, Farmington.
1989 Kennebec Valley Tech. Institute, Basic welding certificate
1980-1982 Md. Institute of Art, Fundamentals of sculpture, foundry procedures, ceramics, black and white photography.
1971-1972 Johns Hopkins Univ., Graduate Writing Seminars, Baltimore, Md.
1966-1968 University of Md., College Park
1964-1965 University of Md Atlantic Ext., Keflavik, Iceland