Scheller shares his art collection with his wife, Susan McConnell, with whom, he says, he shares a taste. He admitted, “she has a tremendous eye for art “. The couple travels to Africa nearly every year together.
What does his collection represent to him?
For Richard Scheller, his art collection is not just for decorative purposes, but he is interested in the African culture and way of life that comes along with these artworks. The African history does not have much written content to study, as African people mostly represented their stories with objects. These objects, however, often have deeper significance surrounding ancestry and are a reflection of the society. Owning art pieces spanning from multiple countries and several centuries, Scheller likes to study the different ways that the body is represented and the ways these artworks reflect very different societies and cultures.
As a scientist, Richard is also interested in the DNA aspect of the artworks. He owns many different pieces made from varying materials. He had conducted studies of his wooden pieces of art, in an effort to know more about the trees they come from. Similar studies were done regarding ivory and metal pieces.
Not only is Scheller mesmerized by African artistry, but he has also grown passionate to African culture and the people of the great continent. For this reason, he is involved with the World Life Conservation Network (WLCN), and gives money to numerous African-aid charities.