Richard was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming USA and in 2002 with his family, moved to Australia. Looking for a hobby, Richard dragged a fallen Poplar tree into his shed and tried his hand at carving. Richard had recently seen a performance of a Maori Haka and was inspired to carve a Maori influenced Totem Pole. He had not quite finished this piece when he was diagnosed with Leukemia and subsequently endured a Bone Marrow transplant.
After a brush with such a life altering disease, Richard viewed life very differently. Richard's hidden talent led him to never return to his 'day job' and pursue this artistic path. He moved to a smaller home in the heart of the Gold fields, built a Studio to work in and the creations you see on this web site are glimpses of Richard's Wyoming heritage coupled with a love of iconic Australian images.
Artist Richard Yates dragged a fallen poplar tree into his shed and tried his hand at carving. 10 Years later what started as a hobby has developed into a passionate love of creating.
From private collections to Parliament House Canberra, to sailing the seven seas with the Royal Australian Navy, Richard has created unique works in wood, metal & bronze.
Designing and creating realistic sculptures, relief carvings and functional art, he strives to breathe life into any subject with movement, emotion and realism.
Please contact Richard to discuss any ideas you have for that special custom piece, as he would be pleased to guide you through the creation process from start to finish.