Richard Withers   WithersDictumst Curabitur.
Calligraphy, Pyrography and other Art Work

A potted history

At the age of seven Richard decided to become a professional artist but it took nine more years until he took part in his first exhibition.

 

At the age of twenty-one Richard went to live in Sweden where he pursued a strange existence teaching English, reading for the blind, working for Swedish Radio and, of course, drawing and painting. He notched up some major successes in his career during his fifteen years or so in Sweden and many of his paintings and scraperboards are on display in public buildings in Stockholm and throughout the country.

 

After returning to Wales in 1980 Richard started a business, based on pyrography,  despite having worked for many years in oils and watercolours. Other skills include Calligraphy and all the usual art media.

 

In 1984 a studio/workshop was opened at Corris Craft Centre and Richard's reputation as a leading pyrographer began to grow.

 

The following commissions are among many completed at the Craft Centre.

 

"Men of Harlech" Calligraphy on vellum for CADW - Welsh Historic Monuments

Memorial Plaque at Stansted Airport. To the memory of the American airmen based in that area during WWII

Table of Princes: A family tree of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his investiture

Trophies for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and the Countryside Commission

A portrait for the President of Estonia

Wall plaque for the Chinese Ambassador

Plaque for the Island of St Helena

Trophies for the CPRW - Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales

Pyrography of the World Sheepdog Trials Trophy 2002

Add to this a vast array of private commissions.

 

In 1999 Richard, with a number of other interested people, founded the Welsh Timber Forum to support those businesses involved with Welsh timber and provide a networking organisation to promote the use of Welsh timbers. He was elected the first Company Secretary and is the present chairman.

Richard left the Craft Centre in October 2002 and has written a book on Welsh love spoons and is still working on a book about his life and pyrography.

 

Currently, Richard is Managing Director of Signs Workshop Ltd in Coed y Brenin, but is trying to retire……..