Burchard originally had a career as a furniture maker, before studying Fine Art. He then began turning wood, and in more recent years, creating wood sculptures for the creative freedom it offered. The artist works from his Cold Mountain Studio in Southern Oregon using primarily local Pacific Madrone Burl, which grows along the Northwest Coast. He exploits the wood’s natural properties, particularly it’s wide range of beautiful colour and sensuous textures.
Burchard comments that sculpting wood while it is still green ‘is a real pleasure to cut and handle’. Once shaped, he steps back and relinquishes control, letting the wood find its own form as it dries. The resulting organic surfaces undulate unevenly to create an anthropomorphic quality, so each piece has its own personal character. By grouping pieces together, Burchard develops a familial quality to the works, as each piece nods or leans into the group, to tell a particular story, sometimes acting as metaphors.
Burchard is a sculptor in wood with an established international reputation who lives and works in Oregon, USA. The artist has work in many permanent collections including Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC; MA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI; Royal Cultural Center, Jedda, Saudi Arabia; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Stanford University Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA; The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA; and Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ.