Edition 35 19″H X 9″W X 9″D $3,500
“The dogs in the sculpture are cross-bred, actually Alaskan Heinz 57 so-to-speak. In that area, dogs are often bred for strength and endurance; dogs with heart and dogs capable of withstanding the severe weather.”
National Academy of Western Art (NAWA), Silver Medal Award
“Dorinda results from my reverence for the human form and from endless hours of life drawing over the years. This sculpture expresses the broader scope of my work and emphasizes combining figures, forms, gestures and textures.”
“The natural graces of the society belle of the west were often accentuated by the cut of her frock and the affectation she created by the demure look cast under her “Hat of Plumes”.”
“Women of the West in the early 1900’s were independent out of necessity and were respected for their ability to ride, rope and do whatever was required to survive in an inhospitable land. As loneliness was also part of the vast new country, this pioneer woman invites her dog, Buddy, along for company sharing in the day’s chores.”
Somewhere, beneath the white noise of the water,
It moves sedately, secretively
Shouldering the reckless action of the river.
If for contrast, as in all great design,
A quiet pool must lie ahead.
Shards of light seem
To obstruct the way there.
Stones bruised by stones, molded by heat
Offer a respite for the way upstream.
Upheavals of gold, ochre, burnt umber
Cater to the sleek body streaked with red.
But, shadows are cast upon its path.
An ancient people of mountain and river,
Now, as before,
Fishing under the long sun of summer.
Sherry Salari Sander
“Adapting a way of life to the environment has always fascinated me. Especially so with the Eskimos who have long used dog sleds for traveling, transporting freight as well as moving entire villages when hunting near home becomes scarce. The fan-hitch type of harness depicted in this sculpture is constructed of seal skin rope referred to as Atsuna. These ropes of varying lengths, or traces as they are commonly called, easily become crossed and tangled causing frequent stops along the way to straighten them out. As troublesome as this may be at times, it is still a very reliable and efficient method of travel.”
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center Art Show, Artist’s Choice Award
“My husband, Loren, and I had taken our horses into the Bob Marshall Wilderness south of Browning, Montana, scouting for elk. We came upon a tree that had been literally exploded by a lightning strike. I had a feeling that, in times long ago, many a Blackfoot woman searched for firewood after a similar violent storm. Perhaps a gift from the ‘Spirits’?”
“This eagle feather headdress is unique to the Blackfeet Tribe which resides near my home in northwest Montana. It was a wonderful resource for sculpting this feather study in which the portrait itself becomes incidental. The Straight-Up Bonnet was a religious and war item worn only by very important tribal members and great warriors. It could be transferred only through ceremonial ritual and the exchange of many horses and other valuables. It is now worn only at special religious functions.”