Delicately etched into the rock, Richard Strachey’s work shows pastoral scenes of corn waving in the wind or cows standing under a cloudy sky. Around boulders trees curl and entwine as they begin to blossom. Richard gets to know each of his pieces first; their ragged shape, their colour, density and hardness. In this way the geological history and shape of the stone becomes an intrinsic part of Richard’s carving. Using limestone, slate and sometimes marble, Richard finds a drawing or form which corresponds with the stone he chooses, revealing its own untold story. Thoughtful, delicate and utterly delightful, Richard’s work perfectly captures the beauty and charm of the English countryside.
Born in 1950 on the Mendip hills, Richard studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Arts. During the holidays Richard worked for a local stonemasonry business, who gave him a practical application to stonework. After leaving college, he worked as a conservator, mason and carver on many historic buildings including Wells, Truro and Bristol cathedrals. His workshop is in Devon.