Daryl Rickard was a veterinarian for 40 years. Retired in 2017, he is now devoted full time to wood art. Influenced by his dad’s wood shop, he learned at an early age to appreciate the smell, feel and visual appeal of grain, color, and imperfections of wood. This experience set the foundation for his expression in wood. Evolving over time, each piece is a compilation of years of manipulation by various woodworking tools, working green wood to its final dry form. He primarily uses southern hardwoods, combining woodturning with carving, woodburning, texturing and painting to create his pieces. He loves the dynamic nature of wood. The moving and changing of the wood contributes to the final form. Each piece of wood in its raw state speaks to the creation within, making each piece unique.
Daryl’s work has been in various galleries and now is shown at the Magnolia Art Festival in October and the Southern Hands Artist Tour in November. He has won various awards including Best of Show twice at the Georgia National Fair and twice at the Magnolia Art Festival.
Daryl resides in Peachtree City, GA with his wife, Darby, and a rescue Chihuahua named Prancie.