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 attempts to tell a story with each of her works. Many of the stories come from ranch life and her love for horses and dogs. Raising boys on a ranch, while also raising horses, cattle, and dogs for sale, has given Kristi rich material for her sculpting, painting and drawing.
A bronze sculpture she completed in 2016, called “Latigo Leg-Up”, tells a story she is intimately familiar with, and one she feels that collectors of western art will easily understand. The poem she displays next to her work reads:
Cows to punch, horses to wrangle, fences to mend, too;
daylight’s a wastin’, from bed he raced ‘n now to join the crew.
If he’d just grow a little bit more or his cowpony’d shrink a bit.
He’d already sit, the struggle’d be o’er and be loping off lickity split!
He shimmies up legs ‘n grabs what he can to reach that tall saddle seat.
The latigo helps according to plan, the battle will soon be complete.
He knows they’re in need, surely they are, of this little cowboy’s skill.
Dad’s already off, hope not too far, and he’ll catch him, he knows he will!
Of course, not everyone knows that a latigo is a saddle cinch strap, or that a ranch-raised boy will use any means available to hike himself up on a horse. The patient, well-trained horse, looks on with that look that horse people fully understand. And hopefully one of Kristi’s limited-edition sculptures will find a nice home with folks that love stories.
Be sure to visit Artistic Portland to view Kristi's fine work. Artistic Portland is open Monday thru Saturday from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday from noon to 5PM.
KRISTI USHER FINE ART(503) 397-3740