Richard Smoker

Hometown: Marion, MD

I enjoy creating things with my hands and mind! I have been carving and painting my creations since the late 1960’s.

I love carving and painting, it’s my life!, But I do get bored doing the same thing in repletion, so I change styles and ideas very often with my work. That said, I enjoy with equal enthusiasm doing a decorative bird with its nuances of carved and burned feathers, minute painted details. I also totally enjoy creating a hunting style decoy, with its simplistic approach to feather details. The replication of by gone era decoys used by our fore fathers also excites me and makes the ideas flow, and wood chips hit the shop floor.

I serve the Waterfowl Festival as secretary on the Carvers Committee, have been inducted to the WFF’s Hall of Fame, been the Masterpiece Carver(2001) and Best of the Decade(2010). I am on the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art’s, Board of Directors, serving as Vice Chairman of the Board. 2016 I was awarded The Ward’s Living Legend award. I have won a Best in World (shootin’ stool,2008) and 3rd in World (decorative miniature,2001) and many ribbons and Best of Shows.