In California, I was a horse person and kept my horse in a barn with 7 great friends.
Along with friends and horses, we had 10 barn cats. Spanky was my great friend, and one of the best barn cats ever! He was gorgeous to look at, friendly, and fond of catching mice. He was a beautiful long-haired orange tabby with a luxurious white ruff.
“Spanky the Barn Cat” was the second stone sculpture I made, and the first sculpture I made on my own. I took a 5-day carving class at the Loveland Museum taught by a Zimbabwe master carver and made my first sculpture there.
I had no orange stone, so Spanky was carved from Opal stone, a traditional Zimbabwe carving stone. This treasured piece is in my own collection.
After I left California, our barn moved to a new permanent location. Spanky moved with the horses, but travelled back to his old barn.
He never showed up at the old barn, so I hope he found a new home. This piece is an homage to him.