Sculpture in Progress
My most recent piece - Just finished and shipped #1 of 20!
My initial inspiration: Over one week I had two encounters in Colorado with red-tailed hawks. They are North America's most common hawk. One swooped down in the field in front of me, snatched a prairie rattlesnake and flew to a tree to enjoy his catch. That same week I found a tail feather of a young red-tailed hawk on the path I was hiking. I was excited to create a composition of one perched precariously high on a gamble oak branch (my studio is on Gamble Oak), intensely alert and waiting for the exact moment to pounce.
My first sale, before the sculpture was even cast, was to a client who had seen the clay and wanted to commission it as a tribute to her brother who had a passion for flying. Her brother died while doing a promotional aerobatic flight in a
P-47 Thunderbolt, a vintage military aircraft, on Memorial Day weekend of 2016. He had been scheduled to later fly to honor veterans in the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach on Long Island. I am always moved by the depth of stories people tell me why they are drawn to my work. This was an honor for me to work on.
Red-tailed hawks are strong, alert and smart. They often put on their own version of an airshow with their skillful aerobatic maneuvers.
H - 20", W 12" x 9"D with base
Edition size: 20
Price: $3200 with stone base