Monday, October 16, 2017

I was able to take home top prizes in the Calgary Stampede bronze trophy competition.


I was able to take home top prizes in the Calgary Stampede bronze trophy competition with my Bull Riding sculpture ‘’Double Rank’’ and also won the Bareback Bronc Riding sculpture trophy with ‘Kicking It at Calgary’’. There were 197 sculptures entered in the Calgary Stampede bronze trophy competition.
My sculptures, along with $100,000. will be presented to the champion bull and bareback rider for the next five years at the Calgary Stampede. The bronze sculptures are a limited edition of 24 and Calgary receives the first 9 in the edition. So, if you would like to have one and don’t think you will win Calgary you can have your own Champion bronze sculpture for $5000. Let me know if you would like to own a piece of rodeo history.
‘’Double Rank’’ H-32’’ L-22’’ ‘‘Kicking It at Calgary’’ – H 23.5’’ L- 18’’ Photos are of clay orginals to be cast in bronze

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

To my friend’s I would like to share 21 books that get my personal 5-star rating. Stories that are true and will inspire you.

To my friend’s I would like to share 21 books that get my personal 5-star rating. Stories that are true and will inspire you and books that have helped me creating art and being a better person. So read on!
I am asking my friends to vote on my 30 second video on audible books. I can win a new car and if I do I plan on selling it and use the money to cast more bronze sculptures. So friends if you can vote please do thanks Chris. click on this link to watch the 30 second video     
I have used books as mentors in my life. When I was 23 years old I followed my passion, and using books I taught myself to sculpt.
I love making my living as an artist. I spend thousands of hours a year working alone in my studio. I work all day using my hands to create but my ears are free to listen. So, while I work I listen to nonfiction audio books.
I listen to over 150 books a year. I never feel alone when I am listening to a good audio book in my studio or truck. Something magical happens when you listen to a great book it enriches your internal world, It opens your mind and sparks your imagination. Books help you learn and allow you to journey into new worlds.
I know books have inspired me and changed my life by changing my mindset they have helped me build a pathway, between my goals and my life. These books get my personal 5 star rating
Art & Fear by David Bayles
Days of Grace by Arthur Ashe
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle   by Steven Pressfield
The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game by Sam Sheridan (Author)
I'd Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide by Alyson B. Stanfield
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
 Steve Jobs – by Walter Isaacson
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman BY Elizabeth Letts
In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story by Doug Stanton
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold by Daniel James Brown
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, by Stephen E. Ambros
Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Tom Weiner
The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Doing the quickdraw last Saturday in Cody for the Buffalo Bill Art Show


Doing the quickdraw last Saturday in Cody for the Buffalo Bill Art Show with 40 other artists we worked in the big tent becuse it was 36 degrees outside.It was still a lot of fun. The Jackson quickdraw was last week and it was 36 degrees also. It makes the clay hard to work

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I just placed my monumental bronze ''AUTUMNS CHALLENGE'' in front of the Cody WY Chamber of Commerce.

I just placed my monumental bronze ''AUTUMNS CHALLENGE'' in front of the Cody WY Chamber of Commerce. In the last 25 years, I have been involved with them. I have found they are great people to work with and are huge supporter of the arts. It is a pleasure to be part of all you do for Cody.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The new art form I have created with fellow artist Brandon Bailey the Sculptych

The new art form I have created with fellow artist Brandon Bailey the Sculptych - a work of art incorporating sculpture and paintings that is multi-dimensional multimedia divided into sections constructing a narrative, like the frames of a film to tell a story. The response to the new works has been tremendous. We have decided to release a new Sculptych ‘’20% CHANCE OF FLURRIES’’ the Sculptych’’with 2 embellished GiclĂ©e prints on canvas limited edition of 100 with bronze sculpture H- 18’’ L- 68’’ W – 7’’. The three pieces are being sold as a set for 3200. If anyone is interested please send a message thanks Chris.
A cowboy rescues a young calf he finds during a springtime blizzard. Putting the calf across his saddle he rides for home. Finally reaching home in the evening he places the calf in the safety and protection of the barn. The image of a cowboy horseback saving a young calf embodies the test of endurance that highlights the best qualities of the men who live in the West. They face hard conditions, and take life as it comes. ( I utilized a splattered paint technique as part of the Sculptych I put it on the sculpture and prints to create a sense of cold and snow. Each Sculptych is unique because of the snow application is put on by hand. This piece very much reminds me of the winters in Wyoming.) 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I will be at the 36th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show and Quick Draw at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Friday & Saturday Sept 22-23 Cody, WY hope to see you there.



I will be at the 36th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show and Quick Draw at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Friday & Saturday Sept 22-23 Cody, WY. This will be my 26th year doing this show. If you're in the area stop by and Watch 40 artist create art in 90 minutes it is a blast. I will also be at Big Horn Gallery 1167 Sheridan Avenue Cody, Wyoming this weekend showing new works. I have enclosed photos of work I will have in Cody stop by and visit hope to see you there. 
I have been competing in numerous Quick Draw's in my art career. A QuickDraw is an art event where an artist must create and finish a piece of artwork in a limited amount of time. It is usually one hour to 90 minutes in length. Two Quick Draw's that I do every year in September are the Jackson Hole Arts Festival and the Buffalo Bill Art Show. I really love the fact that they force me to get into the zone. I call it the zone because it is a place you go when you are completely, energized, focused and absorbed in the flow of what you are doing. Time seems to go by unnoticed. Believe me it is the quickest 90 minutes in my life.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I had a friend share this great Eclipse photo and I wanted to pass it on


. Witnessing the totality in Casper Aug 21 was way cooler and more amazing then I imagined. It inspires you to want to create art that celebrates the experience and that is what life is all about.