Continually evolving but always focused on realism, I transform sheets of metal into vibrant manifestations of human, animal and natural forms. The process of manipulating steel is not planned but rather spontaneous; the figure springs forth from the imagination, the textures, shapes and colourations coming together as I hammer, grind and weld each component. I follow no guide or single school of technique, allowing my creativity and multiple metalworking disciplines to come together as needed. Fluid movement is always present in muscle texture, wind or water currents. Each piece is inspired by the vivid beauty I witness daily; the completion is a testament to the rich material I draw on. Through the study of form and function, the practice of exploring the elements of the raw materials I work with, and a desire to continually elevate the craftsmanship of my art, each sculpture grows and moves in its own way.
Rich currently resides in the countryside of Southwestern Ontario with his wife, daughter, cats, and various wildlife that wander by.