Canadian born sculptor, Thomas Richard McPhee studied graphic arts at the Kootenay School or Art in 1974-75. In 1976 he went to England to study art in the great museums of London and there he sold his first collection of gemstone carvings. In 1977 he settled in Vancouver and opened a small studio and attended the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr) studying bronze casting, welding, clay, drawing, and painting.
In 1982 he returned to carving precious and semi precious gemstones, developing his own technique and has since become one of the world’s foremost artists in this demanding medium.
As a master of classical realism, McPhee combines both figurative and stylized elements in his work that often involves mythological themes and archetypes. His carvings range from small jewellery sized pieces to larger sculptures.
Thomas Richard McPhee has gained an international reputation for his unique sculptures, his creations are sold to collectors world wide.