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I enjoy writing. It helps me clarify my thoughts. Every sculpture I create is really a story I find irresistible that finds expression in stone.

I usually have a lot of excess brain space when I am sanding and finishing a stone sculpture so I begin to write the blog for that piece in my mind. Having done quite a bit of research for each sculpture, I start by riffing on ideas.

I define the most important aspect of the creation process. Sometimes it is the story of the animal. Sometimes it is an experience I had with a particular individual. Often it is the story of the making of the sculpture. Every picture is worth at least a thousand words.

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Run!

Run. Hide. Save yourselves.

Alaskan wolves are defined in this stone sculpture by their Inuit-inspired design.  They pose in two animation extremes of the run—the maximum storing of energy and the maximum release of energy.

Webster’s Dictionary

Ref-uge, noun. 1. shelter or protection from danger or distress; 2. a place that provides shelter or protection.

Alaskan Wildlife Refuges

There are 16 national wildlife refuges in Alaska that conserve nearly 76 million acres of habitat. All Americans own these lands.  Their care comes out of the taxes we pay every year.

The Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule was a federal law that protected wolves, bears, and other carnivores on federal lands. This federal law prohibited the state of Alaska from allowing “predator control” in federal wildlife refuges. Alaskan predator control already allows gassing mother wolves and their pups in their dens, baiting and killing mother bears and their cubs, and using airplanes to scout and shoot wolves and bears on non-federal lands.

Our Congressmen at Work

Alaska’s Republican congressmen Rep. Don Young and Sen. Dan Sullivan introduced H.J. Res 69 in the House and S.J. Res. 18 in the Senate to repeal the federal protection of apex predators provided by the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule.

They won. Our elected congressmen voted and passed these two resolutions in February 2017. Now mother wolves and their pups are gassed in their dens, mother bears and their cubs are baited and shot, and wolves and bears are shot from airplanes in wildlife refuges.

Eroding Our Protections

The Republican majority wants to take power from the US federal government. They also want to open federal protected lands owned by all Americans to private drilling, mining, and logging. The repeal of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule is a huge step in that direction.

Unheeded Arguments

Wildlife watching in Alaska provides 5 times more revenue for the state than hunting or trapping. Destruction of apex predators is against the directives of the National Wildlife Refuge system and the Alaska National Interests Conservation Act. 31 scientists agree that culling predators will not increase the health of herds and their habitat.

Why are congressmen spending their time repealing this rule when it is against the economic interests of Alaska? . . . when it is against our stewardship of federal wildlife refuges? . . . when there are other more important issues to address?

Diversions

Republicans are setting fires on all fronts to divert attention away from the federal administrations involvement with Russia. Republicans are taking control of federal wildlife refuges away from the federal government and giving it to states.  States can give private corporations the ability to drill, mine, and log our untapped natural resources on land that belongs to all of us. Divide and conquer is their strategy—it is easier to get what you want on the state level than to lobby a strong federal government.

Our Reality

Be outraged that wolves are being murdered in their dens and state agency personnel are gunning down grizzly bears from airplanes in wildlife refuges.

Know that corporate leaders want to make money and gain power through exploitation of natural resources on our public lands.

Be aware that federal regulations that protect all beings that live in the USA (be they wolves or humans) are being eroded day by day.

Excerpts of Other Recent Entries

Inspiration My little mare, Kentucky, is now about 32 years old, and continues to inspire my stone sculpture (“Pretty-Girl“, “Moon Horse” ). “Sassy” is another aspect of her kaleidoscopic personality. Horses are as varied and complex as people, and Kentucky is exceptionally so—smart, generous, enthusiastic, opinionated, grateful, eager to please, and boundlessly determined.  She saved herself twice from the LA slaughter yards, a huge accomplishment for a little horse. Design I love horses and I love to improvise on the . . .
 

Symbiosis is defined as a cooperative relationship between two dissimilar organisms for the mutual benefit of both.   This sounds a bit sterile, but the stories this word describes are fascinating and irresistible.  This stone sculpture, “A Tree Needs A Bird”, is about the very cool relationship between the Clark’s nutcracker and the whitebark pine, two high-altitude species in western mountain ranges. Inspiration Whitebark pine trees grow at the tree line in small stands in the Canadian Rockies and farther west . . .
 

I have been a horse person for most of my life. When my horses retired from riding I was concerned that I might not be a horse person anymore. Happily, this is not the case. I still completely enjoy looking at, thinking about, and being in the company of horses. I know horse anatomy and proportions from my 15+ years of horse keeping, and from my experience creating and animating Pegasus in Disney’s “Hercules”.  I have been designing and carving . . .
 

Inspiration The snowy owl is one of the predator kings of the arctic tundra. Few studies have been made of these birds because they live where we can’t survive for much of the year  This is a profound revelation when you think about it. Snowy owls are built for winter with extremely thick insulating feathers; large tufts of feathers surround their beaks and serve to warm the frigid air before they breathe it into their lungs. They have telescopic eyes . . .
 

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