Richard Foa

I have been a woodturner, wood and mixed media artist, and sculptor for the past nine years. After a 34-year career as an academic and practicing neurologist, I spent a year learning woodworking and boatbuilding at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA in 2010. Before and after that time, I took additional courses at Snow Farm in MA, The John Campbell School in NC, The Arrowmont School of Craft in TN, The Appalachian Center for Craft in TN, and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in ME. Variably focusing on welding, woodturning, sculpture and carving, these classes honed
my artistic skills.

While I enjoy making classically turned objects such as bowls, platters, and small utensils, my current artistic focus is on wood sculpture, often starting with turned elements and frequently incorporating a variety of found objects. With classical woodturning I strive to create elegant yet practical items that reveal the beauty of the grain and the color of the wood from which they are made. With my sculpture, I seek to offer generally wry commentary on contemporary culture in a manner that offers insight while bringing smiles to the faces of the viewers of my work.