Sculpture in Santa Fe – the Year of the Horse

I have to have many colors in front of me to get inspired

I have been painting for years, but sculpture is relatively new to me, since 2009. The whole process from clay to wax to bronze was more complicated than I thought, as it does take a village to do it all. I opted for using the experts available in Santa Fe for molds, waxes and metalwork, leaving me time to focus on the artistic, and less technical, side of sculpture…and to gradually work my way through donkey subjects as I circled around my first love, the horse.

Since my work is closely tied with helping the animals themselves, I did not have to look far for sculptural fodder. The Monero Mustangs were a group of horses I supported in the past so they seemed like a nice fit–mostly native New Mexican horses, with descendants from the original Spanish horses that came to this area in the 1500s. A filly had been born in September, named Brillante, and when Sandi Claypool sent me photos of her, I thought she was a perfect beginning.

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her coloring is taking shape

I have to have many colors in front of me to get inspired

Mustangs just ought to be paints, and she is one. They ought to be fiesty, and they called her the Little Diva. Charming and wild, a perfect combination to capture that spirit of the wild west that is the mustang. photo 1

applying the patina is a voyage of discovery with me...never quite know how it is going t end

applying the patina is a voyage of discovery with me…never quite know how it is going to end

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