Edmonton-born Richard Menard creates sculptural form in wood, stone and bronze. His wooden masks and three-dimensional pieces are made in fine red and yellow cedar, currently specializing in rare and exquisite burls. His work exudes a contemplative and serene presence, an eclectic mix of Eastern and Western philosophy and art, inspired by studies and travel.

His fascination with the natural world and the beauty of the West Coast of Canada took him to the remote village of Tofino on Vancouver Island, BC.

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On a second visit in 1987, he tried his hand at carving and discovered an affinity for working in wood. Upon his return to Vancouver, he met renowned First Nations carver, Frances Horne, who guided him through his first pieces. In 1990, Richard decided to make Tofino his home.

Richard’s work has been greatly influenced by life on the West Coast including the First Nations people, particularly the Nuu-chah-nulth and Haida, whose art has provided great inspiration and teaching. Equally, his art has been influenced by spiritual exploration and practice. Richard and his partner now share a home on Denman Island, BC.

In our modern world, a great many of us experience a daily bombardment of noise, imagery and over-stimulation. I strive to create art that invites the viewer to contemplate, breathe and feel at peace.” – Richard Menard