Richard L. Reeves, a resident of St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana was introduced to carving by a friend, who gave him a book on wildfowl art. He immediately became fascinated, not only by the beauty of the carvings, but also by the challenge of creating a work of art.
His first entry in 1984, at the Gulf South Championship in New Orleans, won him a best of show blue ribbon and a place for his carving in the Louisiana Nature Center Museum. This encouraged Richard not only to take carving and art lessons, but also to begin an intensive study of wildlife anatomy.
Since 1985, when he turned professional, his continued success has resulted in over fifty-first place and Best of Show ribbons and awards in competitions throughout the United States. Among these are: Ward World Championship, Northern Nationals Carving Championship, Gulf South Championship, Southwest Wildfowl Championship, Masters Championship, and numerous others.
In 1997, after 33 years, Richard returned from his law practice and as a Captain on the New Orleans Police Department, and now devotes all of his efforts to his passion, wildfowl are. Being a perfectionist, Richard devotes several weeks to study and design before spending a minimum of three hundred hours on the actual carving and painting of the piece.
In 1998, Richard placed third “Best in World” at the Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland with a pair of Hooded Mergansers.
In 1999, Richard completed in several; shows around the country. In April he competed in the Ward Show in Ocean City, Maryland and won a fist place with a wood duck hen with chick, He also won second over all puddle ducks with a pintail drake. At the Northern Nationals in Detroit, Michigan he won a second Best of Show with a pintail hen. In Ohio, Richard won first in species and second over all puddle ducks with a Widgeon Hen with chick.
In the year 2000, the Ward World Championship Competition rated Richard “Master Carver”. Also in 2000, Richard won the Gulf South Championship for the fourth time with a pair of Green Wing Teal.