Richard Loffler grew up on the wide-open Saskatchewan prairies in central Canada. He became a committed outdoorsman as a teenager, absorbing the wonders of the natural world around him. Local zoos — located in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, and another larger zoo in Calgary, Alberta — became retreats 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,” the artist says. “Working from life affords me controlled confidence. No question goes unanswered.
Loffler was accepted into The Society of Animal Artists and the National Sculpture Society, both in New York, in 1989. He continues to show with the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, where he was chosen for the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award in 2002 and the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award in 2012. He recently completed a 65-foot-long heroic sculpture called The Buffalo Trail, which was installed in front of the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY). He also created a 1 and 1/4-life-size monumental sculpture called OUTLAW, a bounty rodeo bull owned by the Calgary Stampede Ranch, for downtown Calgary, Alberta.
At 62, Loffler is a dedicated family man and an avid outdoorsman. His time is split among fieldwork, studio work, and the Montana foundries, where he chases some of the castings and oversees the patinas and completed works. He is also a popular instructor at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona, where he has taught sculpture for 10 years.
“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.” ~ Richard Loffler
Loffler is represented by Astoria Fine Art (Jackson WY), Claggett/Rey Gallery (Vail, CO), Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art (Charleston, SC), Sage Creek Gallery (Santa Fe), and Wood River Fine Arts (Ketchum, ID).