For over 32 years, Rick and Rita have been working in the bronze medium. We have an array of subject matter consisting of "Native American", Equine Sporting Art", "Safari" and "Automotive bronze sculpture of the Classics". Our works range from table top size to monumental; and from the very "free flowing" stylized pieces to extremely detailed works in realism.
As well as having a very diverse portfolio, we also create our works from the ground up. Beginning with the overall concepts or designs to the original sculpture. From the original sculpture we go into the actual production of recreating the piece in bronze, all with in the walls of our studio.
Animals have always been a wonderful inspiration for me. I enjoy trying to capture their essence, attitude and honesty. Over the years, I have worked with anything canine, equine and avian, Being surrounded by animals helps you "create the outside" while"understanding the inside". My focus now is on creating works with Safari animals as well as the Native American subject matter. Being from the West originally, I love the individual spirit that accompanies various tribes.
After graduating with honors, and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Eastern New Mexico University, I have found myself drawn to working with the bronze medium. The whole process has been intriguing and very rewarding to work with . I have truly enjoyed meeting and collaborating with an eclectic group of collectors and have had the pleasure of showcasing my sculptures in various show such as: The New Millennium Governor's Gallery in Sante Fe, NM; American Academy of Equine Art Show, Lexington, KY; Loveland Sculpture Invitational, Loveland, CO and the Celebration Of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ. My publications include: a feature in "Equine Images" Magazine and Cover of the "Chronicle of the Horse" Magazine.
Other than four years of art in high school, I am a self taught artist. My subject-matter ranges anywhere from "Native American" to "Automotive"art.
I was fortunate enough to have grown up near Indianapolis, Indiana, where my father would take me to the "infamous" Indy 500. There I could see and hear the cars go around the track and that's all it took to get me hooked on the automobile. It has inspired me, even now, to be a sculptor of the automobile. I have worked for many years as a sheet metal fabricator and have had fun building and racing my own cars as a young man. I have always loved the "Art" that comes out in the automobile and after exploring different venues, I have decided that this is the subject I want to work with. I feel that through my works, the Good Lord has blessed me with abilities to create in a manner that evokes emotion from the viewer.
I have had the opportunity to work on the "Eleanor" project. "Eleanor" was the 1967 Shelby Mustang that was in the movie "Gone In 60 Seconds". This is a project that was commissioned by Mr. Carroll Shelby. To add to Mr. Shelby's commissions, I have also completed a 1/9th scale of the "Shelby Cobra 427" totally re-created in bronze. Currently, I have had the pleasure of working on a special project for Mr. Don Garlits. Naturally, that would be the "Swamp Rat 1". Don's first dragster to break the 186 MPH in the 1/4 mile mark in 1959.