SCULPTURE BY ROSETTA
NON-FELINE SUBJECTS
Spirit Brothers

Spirit Brothers

14" x 18" x 12", Edition of 18, © 2018, $6,950

To most Native American tribes, the wolf is a powerful spirit and family member. Different tribes had somewhat different beliefs regarding their relationship with wolves, from ancestors to spiritual guides to providers of sustenance to siblings and best friends to participants in sacred ceremonies and magic. But all involved a reverence for and spiritual connection with their lupine brothers. Though they drew parallels between themselves and the members of the pack as strong, successful hunters, neither had interest in hunting each other. Wolves don’t see humans as prey and Native Americans believe that killing a wolf is like killing one of them.

 

River Antics

River Antics

7" x 19.5" x 11" Edition of 24, © 2017, $5,000

No one who has ever watched river otters at play would dare say that animals can’t frolic for the pure fun of it! These river otters are enjoying their watery playground, swimming around and over each other and churning the water into splashing pillows and fountains of foam. This is Nature’s manifestation of the pure joy of living.

Settled In

The Critic
(or “Don’t Leave Your Paperback On The Veranda”)

11.5" x 8.25" x 5" Edition of 18, © 2016, $3,240

An incident on safari in Kenya inspired this sculpture and gave me an excuse to sculpt a vervet monkey whose real life models provide many hours of entertainment around so many safari camps in Africa. One soon learns not to have or leave any food within sight of these little imps but it wasn’t until Suzanna showed up at sundowners, chuckling, with the remains of her shredded paperback in hand that we realized that anything left unattended was fair game for these mischievous simians.

Settled In

Settled In

5" x 8" x 4" Edition of 35, © 2015, $1,725

I created this special small sculpture for the annual W.O.L.F. Sanctuary fundraiser, based on a photo of one of their resident wolves, Thor. His peaceful and contented demeanor reflect the safe and caring environment surrounding the furry residents of W.O.L.F. I have donated casting #1 to their silent auction at the “Mardi Growl Masquerade” May 30, 2015 at the Fort Collins (CO) Hilton. The rest of the edition is available for orders after that.

"Settled In" won the Purchase Award at the American Women Artists Master and Signature Members exhibition in Scottsdale and was donated to the permanent collection of the Museum of the West there. It has also shown at “Animalia” at the Loveland Museum and “Collectors Reserve” at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa OK.

Friesian Fantasy

Friesian Fantasy

16" x 21.5" x 5" Edition of 24, ©2014, $5,300

There was a totally mesmerizing video of Friesian horses circulating on the internet that inspired me to do this piece. My challenge was to capture both the power of this large warrior-bred horse and its incredibly graceful and elegant high-stepping trot. I am captivated by the flowing dance of the amazingly long mane and tail and the flounce of the feather hair around their hooves. Perhaps the combination of size and power with grace and elegance that attracts me to the big cats is what also appeals to me in this strikingly beautiful steed.

"Friesian Fantasy" was included in the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art open juried exhibition, won first place for sculpture at the Colorado Horse Council’s Equine Art in the Park show and was included in "Animalia" at the Loveland Museum and "Animals in Art" at Mills Pond Gallery, NY.

High Country Totem

High Country Totem

22" x 12" x 9" Edition of 12, ©2014, $7,650

I’ve taken the concept of a "Totem", which has been defined as "a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family or group" and applied it, instead, to a whole habitat, depicting some of the iconic animals that inhabit that environment, in this case, the "High Country." And since it is an emblem or symbol rather than a snapshot, I have put the animals in a formal and symbolic relationship to each other rather than a natural one, but not as restricted as the well known concept of a "totem pole"S where the subjects are stacked one on top of the other.

"High Country Totem" received the Fine Arts Center award at Breckenridge Fine Arts Center’s Annual in TX and Second Place at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center’s "Representing the West" show in Pueblo CO. It has also exhibited in AFC’s "Art of Conservation" and "Momentum: Women Drive the Arts in Loveland".

Red Fox

Red Fox

15.5" x 24" x 8.5"  Edition of 24, ©2011, $7,500

One of the things I missed the most when we moved from our California house in a Redwood forest to an old bungalow in town in Colorado was having wildlife in my yard. Deer, raccoon, skunk and possum were regular visitors then. Now we're pretty much relegated to squirrels, but I'm happy to report that we have seen a beautiful Red Fox moving through, taking temporary shelter under our huge Blue Spruce on his rounds of the neighborhood. And this is one animal we didn't see in the Redwoods!

It seems that just about everyone has seen this beguiling critter in or around their yard, as the fox has made amazing adaptations to neighborhoods and developed areas all over the country. He is beautiful and benign and most folks seem to really enjoy spotting one nearby. I know I did.

AWARD:
In it's debut show, "Red Fox Maquette" won the People's Choice award for sculpture at the 2005 Western Rendezvous of Art in Helena, MT.

COMMISSION:
The life-sized "Red Fox" was commissioned to be permanently installed, along with three of my other life-sized pieces, at the new shopping center "The Shops at Walnut Creek" in Westminster, CO.

Dromedary

Dromedary

24" x 34" x 8"   Edition of 18, ©2003, $11,000

This Camel was originally created for ArtWorks in Dubai.  Multiples were produced in fiberglass, both this size and 6 feet high, painted upon by local artists, displayed around Dubai and then auctioned off to benefit charities.  It was Dubai's first Public Art project!  Enough time has passed since the 2003 project that I have been given permission to cast this edition of bronzes, which I was eager to do as I think "Lulu" (the sculpture's Dubai name) has so much personality.  Camels are such interesting looking animals to me that I enjoyed this rare (for me) depiction of an ungulate.

Golden Dragon

Golden Dragon

23" x 19" x 12" Edition of 12, ©2001, $6,000

When a client asked if I'd consider doing a dragon, I didn't have to think about it for very long before I realized that it would be a fun project because I could pretty much make it up as I went along, playing with shapes and design, without too many constraints of "proper anatomy". I made him fierce, but in a protective sort of way.

When my client asked me what kind of dragon it was, I said, "You tell me!" (since he was the dragon enthusiast.) He said it was a Gold Dragon.

The "Gold Dragon" characteristics, according to the "Dungeons & Dragons" monster manual:

"They are very rare! Wise, judicious and benevolent. They often embark on self-appointed quests, and are not easily distracted from them. They hate injustice and foul play. At birth, a gold dragon's scales are dark yellow with gold metallic flecks, the flecks get larger as the dragon matures until, at the adult stage, the scales grow completely golden."

"Golden Dragon" was exhibited in "Angels, Cupids and Winged Creatures of Fantasy" at the National Sculpture Society in NY.

At the Waterhole Maquette

At the Waterhole Maquette

5" x 8" x 7" Edition of 24, ©1999, $2,150

Some may think of elephants as just big round shapes on cylindrical legs, but I find fascinating nuances of line and form in their huge and expressive bodies. This, and their great heads - the bony structure so evident under the wrinkles of skin, the undulating shapes of their colossal ears, and those eyes, so deep, so sad, so wise -inspired me to do this sculpture. Since Elephants live within such strong social bonds, the females staying in family groups all their lives, I put two together in this statement of closeness and interdependence, as one stands watch while the other drinks at the waterhole.

AWARDS:
John Stephen Jones purchase award, Bosque Conservatory Art Council, 2001
First Place for Sculpture, Bosque Conservatory Art Council, 2001

EXHIBITIONS:
National Museum of Wildlife Art "Miniatures", Jackson, WY, 1999 (Maquette)
Smithsonian Institution Conservation Research Center's "Animals of the World", 1999
American Women Artists, Sorrento, Italy, 2000
"Excellence in Sculpture: work by Fellows of the National Sculpture Society", NY, 2001
Bosque Conservatory Art Council National Art Competition, 2001
"Night of Artists", National Center for American Western Art, 'TX, 2002
"Colorado Governor's Invitational", 2002
"Western Rendezvous of Art, MT, 2002

ROSETTA
405 8th Street S.E. #15 • Loveland, CO 80537
970-667-6265 • E-mail: rosetta@rosettasculpture.com

Photography by Mel Schockner

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Last Updated: July 15, 2021
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