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.
“The young man who rode “Barroom Bandit” is a patient of my husband, Loren, who saw him on a regular basis as he was quite addicted to the adrenaline rush those kids get from riding bulls. While he was mending from the last broken bone, this cowboy kindly lent me his rigging which I used for this piece of sculpture.”
- 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.”
“Last summer, I, along with my trusty cow horse, Zack, my husband and friends, moved cattle from the lower winter pasture up into the summer range. As the herd balked at crossing Spring Creek, Zack, with his head down and ears back, helped push the cattle down the bank, across the creek and up the other side, giving me the idea for this piece.”
“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
“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.
“Although two of my long-term lady friends and I no longer show horses together, we still manage an annual trip packing into the Montana wilderness doing some riding and fly fishing. This past summer we took our horses into the “Bob Marshall” at Spotted Bear and were treated to the antics of these two roached-mane mules playfully asserting their dominance.”
- 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