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Richard Fitzgerald has spent his life in Southwestern Colorado surrounded by the Anasazi ruins and culture. Their ancient pottery forms have a strong influence on his work in wood. His materials include the finest native woods of Southwestern Colorado and the western United States - aspen, tamarisk, box elder, maple, and buckeye burl.

Using the prime portions of the tree insures the uniqueness of Fitzgerald's work. Wood selected from the crotches or crowns of trees, spalted wood, burls, and wormhole wood are accented with inlay of turquoise or malachite and completed with a hand rubbed finish.

Richard Fitzgerald was raised in Mancos, Colorado and now lives in Nucla, Colorado, where he and his wife Nola spend many hours searching for the select pieces of wood to be transformed into the elegant art pieces on display at the Redstone Art Center.