Kristi's style, whether sculpting, painting or drawing, is to produce a piece that is accurate in its details. Kristi raised boys, horses and dogs. Because she had young cowboys, quarter horses, heelers, and border collies around the ranch, those are her favorite subjects. But when it comes to realism, she can't stop there. Kristi will acquire pictures, use reference books such as The Anatomy Of The Horse or Animals In Motion, or actually hire professionals to show her exactly how something should be done.
An example is Kristi's bronze sculpture A Trail Less Traveled where she has a pack mule loaded with an elk carcass. What sort of pack saddle frame and lashing technique would a hunter most commonly use? An experienced packer was enlisted to show her the diamond hitch, how to cover and distribute the load, and how to properly anchor it to the mule.
Kristi rarely rushes a new sculpture to the foundry. It's much easier to correct the clay original than trying to fix a piece cast in bronze. Usually, that's just about impossible. The same goes for paintings and drawings. When realism and the tiniest of details are important, the artwork needs to sit a while, studied for correctness time and time again, before it's ready to be released.
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