Richard E. Baker (Feb 12, 1962) is a member of the Squamish Nation in North Vancouver, BC, Capilano Indian Reserve.
Richard is an international known artist for his Northwest Coast Art, and he is also an entrepreneur in the construction and the timber industries. Richard’s entire lineage has been native artists, recorded from his maternal grandmother, Katherine Scow, who was of the KwaKawk’kwa Peoples in the Northwest Pacific Coast Region.
Richie started carving out of curiosity rather than a career. At the young age of 12 he watched his father and other carvers creating beautiful totem poles and masks out of cedar wood, he then picked up a carving knife and started to create his own pieces of work. His curiosity turned into his passion, a passion of learning and creating, which has led to a regular clientele base and an interest in his work from admirers around the world.
Richie was often invited to participate in crafts fairs locally, regionally and nationally. At Expo ’86 in Vancouver, he met many collectors, Gallery owners and museum directors. He was invited to carve in Montreal and Toronto at several settings.
After many years of mastering the carving techniques on wood, Richie decided to take on metal. Learning the intricate details of engraving precious metals such as gold, platinum, silver and copper brought him another passion of creating North West designs that admirers near and far all appreciate.
In 1996, Richie has established his own studio at Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver completing custom orders for weddings, anniversaries, and other personal and business gifts. He has been commissioned by a number of Corporations and First Nations organizations throughout Canada for jewelery as well as cedar woodcarvings.
Richie has another passion in teaching the craft. He enjoys teaching young generation artists the skills of carving wood and metal. He has a style of his own that somehow rubs off on his pupils.
Richie has a personal style and flair all of his own which brings out the best in him when he creates something on a traditional level that complement his business ventures. A few years ago one of his best friends died tragically, in honour of his friendship and love he had a number of other carvers created a beautiful memorial pole which stands at the cemetery in Squamish, BC. Next year Richie will be honouring his late grandmother, Katherine, in a Potlatch and feats, at which time he will receive hi ancestral name.
Richie comes from a rich and live cultural, of which he is proud of both hi Kwakwakawk and Squamish heritage. Richie is a community-based person and takes upon himself to help out other artists by supporting their work and their aspirations. Richie has three sons who also are gifted and talented artists in their own right.