Richard Loffler grew up on the wide-open Saskatchewan prairies of central Canada. As a teenager, he became a committed outdoorsman by absorbing the wonders of the natural world around him. Two local zoos at Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, and another larger zoo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, allowed Loffler the opportunity to observe animals in close quarters. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, where he began working in 1978, became a haven in which he studied the beautifully prepared natural history dioramas.
At age 61, Loffler is a dedicated family man and avid outdoorsman. He juggles time between his fieldwork, his studio work, and the Montana foundries. He was accepted into membership with the Society of Animal Artists and the National Sculpture Society in 1989. Loffler won the Prix de West Robert Lougheed Memorial Award in 2002 and the Prix de West James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award in 2012.
Loffler recently completed a 65-foot-long sculpture called The Buffalo Trail for the National Museum of Wildlife Art. He has also created a 1 1/4 life-size monumental sculpture called Outlaw for downtown Calgary in tribute to a bounty rodeo bull owned by the Calgary Stampede Ranch.