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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-
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 -
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 -
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……..