Ralph Simpson was born in Hillsborough, New Brunswick. He was employed as a Forest Research Biologist and after retirement he studied Aboriginal Visual Art at NBCCD. He spends many hours in the woods exploring the potential of plant fibre to create baskets and sculpture. Ralph collects indigenous plant fibre with harvest principles that embrace environmental integrity and sustainability.
Ralph combines a deep respect for traditional weaving techniques with his own innovations in his artistic practice. Inspired by the local environment and nature’s forms he creates contemporary sculptural forms in his studio in Fredericton, NB