John Richards was born in regina, Saskatchewan. He studied art and education at the University of Saskatchewan and Victoria, earning a B.Ed. John taught primary school for four years, then spent eight years teaching art at a high school in northern Manitoba before moving to Nelson, BC in 1988. He presently resides near Balfour, on Kootenay Lake.
"Upon examining some local soapstone from the Duncan Valley, I discovered that within each piece of stone there were many exciting and beautiful forms. My role as an artist is to reveal a few of these forms."
John also works with pen and ink coloured pencils. His 15 years in northern Canada working with Native Canadians is a major influence on his work.
"Being curious, exploring this universe, investigating my role... These are the things I want to do. On my journey through this life I find that art is a useful tool in my search for awareness and understanding."