Living in the Flathead Valley places us between two reservations. On the eastern border of Glacier Park, across the Continental Divide, lays Browning on the Blackfoot Reservation. My husband Loren, practiced medicine there for several years making many, long lasting friendships. One such rancher by the name of “Mouse”, asked us to bring two of our best cow ponies to help him move cows and to plan on a full day’s ride. We covered ground mostly unreachable by truck taking us into open range where everyone’s cattle and horses shared the weather. The free rangers are a tough bunch of horses breeding and fouling on their own much as they have done for centuries. This mixing with neighboring stock till the lines of ownership are blurred, doesn’t seem to bother folks. They say, “if you can ride ‘em, you can use ‘em”. These two horses in my sculpture fit that description perfectly.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up? Art from the Other Half of the West Exhibition, Purchase Award, 2015.
- Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, Best of Show for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement in any Media for grouping including “A Colt Named Sonny, 1920”, “Bluff Called” and “Through the Pass”
“A number of years ago, I bought a colt named “Sonny” off the track. He was talented, athletic and I felt he would make an excellent jumper. Unfortunately, he had no redeemable social graces and was smart enough to be dangerous. As I developed this piece of sculpture from the 1920’s, there emerged Sonny, cold-eyed and forever the nonconformist.”
“The type of clay I used in this sculpture has a certain drag to it. I like it because it’s best suited for pushing and shoving ending with a certain texture of surface quality needed to extenuate the chaos of this piece of work. But, under the appearance of confusion in this scene of seasonal behavior, belies a strict social structure of dominance, aggression, protection and flight. Familial symmetry is imperative to the safety and growth of this band of mountain horses.”
- Desert Cabellaros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, First place 3-Dimensional Art Award.
- Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence.
- Desert Cabellaros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, First Place 3-dimensional Art Award
- Western & Wild Horse Art Show & Sale, Sheridan Wyoming, Best Sculpture
- Allied Artists of America, New York, Leonard J. Meiselman Award