This weekend is the Denman Island Studio Tour featuring 14 artist’s studios, August 6th and 7th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. My studio is on the Tour again this year. The Tour features diverse works including painting, sculpture, woodcarving, Read more →
An eclectic mix of Eastern philosophy and West Coast materials and form, the sculptures Richard creates are made primarily in red and yellow cedar, featuring exquisite burl wood and patinated copper, his own special process. He also enjoys exploration in stone, bronze, abstract painting and photography.
“In our modern world, a great many of us experience a daily bombardment of noise, imagery and over-stimulation. My intention is to create art that invites the experiencer to contemplate, breathe and feel at peace.”
I love the natural world. Being in nature is what I’d call a true necessity for me! Living and working as an artist on Denman Island gives me inspiring beauty and quiet, with continual access to the diversity of nature and its ever-changing colours, moving light and sounds. I enjoy being physical; year-round I go for a morning walk. In the summer time I delight in a swim in the ocean or lakes or playing a round of golf. In the winter season, it’s cross-country skiing freestyle, my favourite sporting activity.
Working with wood and stone is a sensual and beautiful experience for me as they are energetic materials, from the earth and cycles of nature. My inspirations include Buddhist iconography, meditation, yoga, and healing. I also love to paint, especially abstract as this to me is revealing of inner landscapes. I create from a place of meditative mindfulness and put a healing intention into my work.
Thanks and gratitude to Corinne and Gary Funk, ArtsQuest. See full blog post at artsquest.ca here.