Richard Loffler Biography
Living in Regina, Saskatchewan, Richard Loffler is a sculptor of wildlife in a highly realistic style. In addition to painting and sculpting, he is a taxidermist for the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History.
He is a life-long Canadian who spent his childhood in Regina and loved exploring the natural world from an early age, having been allowed as a city boy to spend much time on an uncle's farm. “Working from life affords me controlled confidence. No questions go unanswered. My approach is traditional with impressionistic flavor. I try to capture the character of my subjects at moments of instinctive gesture, while controlling design and composition to present a grace to each piece. To study from life allows me simply the truth; it affords me the ability to pursue my passion as a life long venture.”
He studied art at the University of Regina and the Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He has also attended the Scottsdale Artists' School and pursued ongoing studies at zoos in Toronto, Calgary, and Phoenix. In 1988, he was accepted for membership in the Society of Animal Artists and in 1998 became a member of the National Sculpture Society of New York.
In 2002 as an established and well-respected wildlife sculptor, Loffler, has begun to experiment with the human form.
Awards / Honors
- Best of Show ~ Reflections of Nature Exhibition (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1992, 1993, 1994)
- Award of Excellence ~ Society of Animal Artists 1994
- Elliot Liskin Award ~ Society of Animal Artists 1995
- Artists Choice Award ~ Calgary Stampede Art Salon (Calgary, Alberta 2002
- Robert Lougheed Award ~ Prix de West National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2002)
- Speaker / Panelist ~ Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 2010
- Featured Entrance Monumental Sculpture, The Buffalo Trail, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, 2012
- James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OK, 2012
- Society of Animal Artists, since 1988
- National Sculpture Society, since 1989