Richard Loffler grew up in central Canada on the Saskatchewan prairie. His passion for wildlife art began in his childhood, the result of frequent visits to farming relatives and numerous camping, hunting and fishing trips. Formal studies at the University of Regina and at the Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences refined his knowledge of the natural world.
During and after his formal studies, two local zoos became a retreat for observing animals in close quarters, while the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, where Loffler began working in 1978, was a haven to study the beautifully prepared natural history dioramas. “I have been given nature’s theatre to access freely. Working from life affords me controlled confidence. All other things, like texture, harmony, drawing and proportion are pieced together to create the sparkle. If the artist truly has something to say and the ability to express that vision, he will be heard.”
Loffler juggles his time between fieldwork, studio work and the Montana foundry where he chases his own metals and oversees the patinas applied to completed works. In 1989, Loffler was accepted into membership with the Society of Animal Artists and the National Sculpture Society. He shows with the Western Visions Miniature Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, has won the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the Prix de West Exhibition and exhibited at the 2002 Rendezvous Exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As Loffler notes, “My approach is traditional with realistic and impressionistic flavor. I endeavor to capture the character of my subjects at moments of instinctive gestures while the lyrics of design and composition are controlled to present a power and grace to each piece. To work from nature allows me simply the truth and it affords me the ability to pursue my art as a life long venture, for the subjects are endless and timeless.”
“Art is an expression of our innermost thoughts, perceptions and aspirations. It is an extension of society, the happening of our era and the progress of our time. When balanced with truth, knowledge and sensitivity, art holds the virtuous vision of the past, an account of the present and a dream for tomorrow.”
Reference: Gallery publication