7.000 x 11.000 x 7.000 inches
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Wild Flowers Of Cedar Ridge
Sculpture - Bronze
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Since childhood, I've made detailed drawings of the wild plants, animals and insects who share the rough, sage-covered Wyoming foothills where I grew up.
Among granite boulders and broken cliffs where ancient, wind-twisted cedars dance; along high ridges where herds of pronghorns, mule deer and elk can see for a hundred miles; deep in cottonwood draws where the creek rushes and pools; cradled in the soft sand of coppice dunes. In all these places my eyes have taken in the graceful lines and dynamic rhythms of even the smallest life forms. Twenty-two species reveal themselves in this wildlife sculpture in bronze, from the large, musky blooms and curled, velvety leaves of balsamroot, to the delicate patterns of butterfly wings, to the succulent fruits of wild raspberries ripe for the bears. A tiny toad nestles in sandy soil where pale, clustered broomrape grows. A zephyr anglewing butterfly flutters among the leaves of a wax currant shrub dangling its round, red berries above the creek. Further down the bank, an orange-bordered blue rests among the burr-like seeds of wild licorice. Atop a rocky, sunny ridge, an iridescent green longhorn beetle with bold yellow markings seems to have fallen asleep over its lunch of prickly pear pollen. On the fluffy heads of wooly plantain a checkerspot butterfly feeds. I love every life form so much, in all my the wildlife sculpture in bronze I strive to recreate these delights in applied detail to suggest the lavish abundance and variety of life.
July 7th, 2010
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