I have had the opportunity to see them by the hundreds in Wyoming but even better I live about 2 miles from a ranch specializing in buffalo. The Spoomer Ranch has a large male that I could take my pedestal and work in clay behind the safety of a fence to get up close and personal. I felt sad he was not roaming the prairie but fortunate to be close to that kind of strength. The picture above gave me the inspiration to do a proud piece that showed the strength and dignity even in old age.
|Keeper of the Sacred Spirit|
This sculpture was actually started from a piece of blue contractors foam and went rather quickly mainly because of the love and passion I feel for this animal. The models name was Aspen and a gorgeous animal.
I love texture and playing with the Chavant while it is warm is how I came up with the woolly hair look .
I also chose the sandstone for the base to lend itself to the ruggedness of the piece. This is a limited edition and luckily I am down to the last few of this edition and then the mold will be destroyed. I have sold two that insisted on having a wood oval under the buffalo because of furniture issues and preference. I don't mind accommodating that kind of request.
Sculpture has increased in value and become an even better investment in recent years because of the metals found in bronze such as copper.