I'm a self taught artist. I have no formal art training, My work is not in any gallery, or museum. Like most artists I live day to day and dollar to dollar to pay the bills. I made a commitment over 20 years ago to pursue an art career. Just make art for a living is all I wanted. I still must seek other work to pay my bills but I haven't given up. My love of the country inspires my work with natural materials. Living over 20 miles from the nearest town puts me right along side of the Salmon River. I carve and create anything I think I can sell. From jewelry to buttons to home furnishings, to sculptures. I love to create things and hope to be able to make a living out of my art someday. When I sent an email to an internet friend, it went viral. She sent it to her friends and so on. I must of received close to 50,000 emails fan letters from around the world. My bears have been on local TV, newspapers, magazines in U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Blogs, and more. All from pictures only.
Richard's ArtPrize Entries
These are Richard's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.