Richard Shorty was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, in September of 1959.
Richard began drawing wildlife at the age of six. He moved to Vancouver in 1978 and began his career as a commercial artist in 1980, doing wildlife portraits. Although these were spectacularly accomplished, Richard’s work remained relatively unknown until 1981, when he switched to more identifiably native styles.
Richard’s distinctive style of blending realism with traditional native Indian design has earned him an international reputation.