Of Busts and Portraits and medals too

I was trained as a figurative sculptor at the Art Students League and at the Penna. Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia PA back in the 60's. My intention was to try and understand the universal patterns I could see in the figure. Such patterns are everywhere but in the figure it was very close to me being human.

When I moved to Arkansas and was looking for a way to support my studies I offered my services as a portraitist. It was a great success. 

I started with what I called the "Mantlepiece Portrait" a small scale impressionistic sculpture. In the course of 10 years or so I sculpted almost 1000 sculptures of this sort mostly of children. I was also asked to do formal busts of Arkansas heroes and digniteries. The University of Arkansas and Walmart had me make busts.

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Wilber D. Mills congressman from Arkansas back then. One of the most powerful men in DC he had his hands on the budget
Wilbur D. Mills congressman from Arkansas back then. One of the most powerful men in DC he had his hands on the budget

Sam Walton founder of Walmart, his name is on the business college at the University of Arkansas.Copies of this bronze piece are at the University and at the Walmart home office.
Sam Walton founder of Walmart, His name is on the business college at the University of Arkansas. Copies of this bronze piece are at the University and at the Walmart home office.

at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock AR

A "Mantlepiece Portrait" made from a child who sat for me to build the structure in clay. Work then went on from a series of photographs taken from many angles. The approved work was then cast in various media.
A "Mantlepiece Portrait" made from a child who sat for me to build the structure in clay. Work then went on from a series of photographs taken from many angles. The approved work was then cast in various media.

The Fulbright College Medal. Bronze, struck coin. Minted from my original plaster model on a Janvier machine.
The Fulbright College Medal. Bronze, struck coin. Minted from my original plaster model on a Janvier machine.

The medal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas
The medal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas

Honors program medal original plaster
Honors program medal original plaster

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