Seed was born in 1937, graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Lafayette
college, and obtained a Ph.D. from YaleUniversity. He was
trained as a microbiologist specializing in human tropical parasitic diseases.
He spent 40 years as a teacher and researcher at several major universities. He
came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Professor and
Chairman in the School
of Public Health. He
officially retired in 2006.
Although a scientist by trade, Dick began drawing and
painting in oils when he was in his early teens. He then switched to
pen and ink drawings and finally to watercolors. About 30 years ago with the help and encouragement of a colleague he again switched, this time to woodcarving,
wood sculpture and wood murals.
He has specialized in character canes for which he is best
known. Many of his canes can be found throughout the U.S.
They are considered by many as collector's items. But if not a collector, they
are just fun conversation pieces! Each cane is unique and many are part of a
story, authored by Dick, entitled "Raisin Cane".
Street Dancer Cane detail (left) and Eden Cane (right) detail
Finally the North Chatham Bugle noted that Dick is the
father of the new art of "Trianglism". Initially Dick found Cubism
interesting but eventually realized that the cube was too complex a form and
decided to explore the triangle as the basic geometric structure. He therefore
attempted to look at objects through the eyes of the cubist, but attempted to
portray the object in the simpler form of the triangle. The art editor for the
North Chatham Bugle believes that "Trianglism" will become the newest
wave in abstract art.