This week’s blog is written by Carl Sandeen of Kristi Usher Fine Art. Carl’s wife Kristi is a bronze sculptor of western themes as well as a two-dimensional artist with oil, pencil and ink. Kristi's work is known for realism and projects her intimate knowledge of horses, dogs and the cowboy way of life.
Kristi and I took an end-of-season trip to Odell Lake, staying in a rustic cabin. The popular Odell Lake Lodge, down the hill, was mostly deserted, and late in October not much was going on around us. But in the stables, near our cabin, were two majestic Belgian draft horses, well cared for, left alone with nothing to do but lay their massive muzzles on our shoulders and enjoy the attention we gave them. Kristi visited at least twice a day, bringing snacks, talking with them, and braiding their thick manes
Kristi's favorite subject for her art is the horse. And her love for horses, her lifetime of experience with horses, comes through in her art. I help Kristi at shows, but it's her love for the subject, showing up in her sculptures and paintings, that keeps folks at our display tables, talking and reminiscing. It's the intimacy crafted into her art that tells a grandfather that a piece will be a perfect gift for his granddaughter. It tells a retired ranch couple, that a bronze sculpture is a reminder of their years of hard work, and will look great on display in their living room.
Daydreams is an example of this love of subject, and almost a self-portrait of Kristi. She writes on the display card:
Her world is still so young
A heart filled with hope
Visions of reaching for the stars
With the strong and lasting love for her best friend
Confidant and partner
She pauses in the midst of life's journey
Yes, Kristi will often daydream with a sculpting tool or brush in her hand as she adds loving detail to a new piece of art
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