Are You a Rebel at Heart?

Sun's Up, Boys - Edition of 18

Sun's Up, Boys - Edition of 18

By and large, the people who invest in my art are independent folk. I am too. My work invariably depicts defiant people living life by their own terms, even when facing harsh environs. My Studio Director says I have the “Don’t Tread on Me” collection!

Keeping with this theme, I’m pleased to announce my latest series, Lady Wranglers. This series will explore the autonomous women who make their home in the West.

The first lady depicted in the series is entitled Sun’s Up, Boys. When I was sculpting her, I pictured a tough, no-nonsense woman that takes sass from no one. Can’t you just hear her saying, “Daylight is burning, so saddle your horse and get going. You are working for me!”

Sun’s Up, Boys is an edition of 18. Price is $3,600. I’d love to hear your thoughts about her. If you have any comments to share, please email me.

Insights into Bravery

"Defiance": a sculpture for those of us who never say die

"Defiance": a sculpture for those of us who never say die

In my newest pre-cast, Defiance, I wanted to depict the courageous fight of a Lakota warrior who gave his all in dire circumstances.

Inspiration for Defiance

My vision for this piece was sparked by a visit to the Custer Battlefield. On the actual battle site, there are inscriptions on the markers of the fallen Native Americans that read, in part: “fell here on June 25, 1876 while defending the Lakota way of life.” I developed this sculpture as a testament to the ultimate sacrifice paid by these warriors.

Although practically every one of my pieces features someone with a “never say die” attitude, this particular sculpture got me thinking. What must it have felt like to have to defiantly defend your homeland against such challenging odds?

Here is what history records:

This nation is like a spring freshet; it overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path. We cannot dwell side by side. Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that from us also. My brothers, shall we submit? or shall we say to them: “First kill me, before you can take possession of my fatherland.”
Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux (1831-1890) [Sitting Bull was considered the last Lakota to surrender to the United States Government]

They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one – They promised to take our land…and they took it.
Chief Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)

I would rather die in freedom on my way back home than starve to death here.
Chief Morning Star, Cheyenne (also known by his Sioux name, Chief Dull Knife) (d. 1879)

About Defiance

Defiance shows a Lakota warrior astride his horse, lance in hand, ready to defend his tribe from unwelcome usurpers. It measures 31″h x 24″w x 14″d and is $4,100 for all orders taken before the piece is cast. After casting, the price will go up to $6,300. Only nine will be cast. Please click here to see more views.

Come join me May 22-25 at the Phippen Show!

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Every year since 1974, the Phippen Museum presents the finest American Western art in their Memorial Day weekend show and sale.  The event is held in downtown Prescott, Arizona, and features works from over 130 artists in all media: oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastels, drawing, and of course, sculpture.  Art enthusiasts from all over the country come to the show.  Why not come join us?

If you have never been to Prescott, you are in for a treat. The historic town (once the capitol of the Arizona territory) is nestled in central Arizona’s Bradshaw Mountains. Late-May temperatures are a delight, with highs in the low-80s — perfect for enjoying the outdoor art show.

I will have my two newest works, Defiance and Recounting the Coup, available for viewing and pre-cast purchases. I’m limiting the editions to only nine castings for each of these pieces.  If you would like me to reserve one for you before they are gone, please drop me an email or call me at (720) 312-4498.

Title: Phippen Museum 35th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Western Art Show and Sale
Location: Prescott, Arizona
Website: Phippen Museum
Show Dates: May 23 to May 25, 2009

Monumental Sculpture in Castle Rock, Colorado

Cool’n the Dogs & Dusty

Cool'n the Dogs & Dusty

Dedication is Friday May 15, 2009

If a city’s cultural health can be judged by its artistic endeavors, then the arts in Castle Rock are…

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