Wood is my material of choice. It can be so intrinsically beautiful
that anything made from it becomes an object to admire or desire.
Whenever I can get wood of surpassing beauty it makes my job easier
and the product more valuable.
Whatever the wood is you just do the best you can with what you have.
You inflict your will and your tools on it; what ever results from
that can be art or craft or a piece of functional furniture. I am most
enthusiastic about executing designs that involve freeform joinery and
intarsia (solid wood inlay). This entails precision free hand work
with band saws and routers.
The themes are hard to define but some of these terms come to mind:
abstract, organic, and chaotic. The aim is to create visual interest,
to draw the viewer in, as a painting would invite closer scrutiny.
It’s a business. I do some art fairs, work with galleries and take
some commissioned work on. As a one man shop that’s all I can handle.
Nearly all of what I do is one of a kind pieces. I have been
doing this for years and for this I feel grateful, fortunate and free.
from Richard's solo show at
the Urban Accents Gallery
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Awards, Exhibitions, Publications history available here.