4" X 8" X 11" bronze and concrete 2015
photos by Will Michele
If there is one thing the members of my family have in common it is that we love animals and we especially love our dogs. My “happy dog” series was inspired by our six year old male labrador Goose. Goose has a way of making you remember to enjoy the moment and appreciate what you have. I have tried to relay this feeling of happiness in my “happy dog" sculptures and numerous drawings.
10" X 20" X 30" bronze and distressed gold leaf 2014
photo by Will Michels
SUFFRAGE - Riding aside historically represents oppression of women's rights.
Torn billets - whisper tales
of antiquated sexual expectations.
A single iron slipper stirrup - weighs
of masculine oppression.
A lower pommel - lames
fashionable Victorian feminist.
The crackled and distressed girth - surrenders
the scars of suffrage rides.
Riding aside - symbol
This is one of my favorite pieces from my 2014 work. It first resonated with me purely from an aesthetic point of view, as I knew the aged leather would reproduce beautifully in bronze. What I did not realize, however, was that this sculpture would represent more than a stereotypical Texas western symbol.
4" X 13.5" X 12" bronze 2013
Heritage – ( Robert Fleming Travis)
George Bush International Airport Permanent Collection 2014
One of my favorite treasures is the Stetson Open Road hat I inherited from my grandfather Bob-pa, Robert Fleming Travis. This well-worn hat quietly mirrors my grandfather’s life and character. Shaped by growing up in the Depression, he knew hard times as he later farmed cotton and raised cattle in the harsh West Texas desert near El Paso.
Bob-pa married Imogene Young while they were still in high school. Two years later during their senior year my father was born. Family lore has it that they never spent a night apart during their 70-year marriage.
As a teen I shaped hats in my father's western wear store, and I began to understand that old hats are reflections of their owners, that they keep a bit of the spirit of the person who wore them. Bob-pa's hat still resonates with his determination, his strong work ethic, and his fidelity. These are the very treasures that I work hard to ensure that my own children will inherit.