Margaret Drake

 Margaret Drake Bio and Artist's Statement
bronze sculpture, Western art, human and animal, horse art, equine art, equine sculpture, horse sculpture, sculptures of dancers, bronze dancers, fine art, sculpture, bronzes
Margaret Drake - Biography
Margaret lives on a ranch near Glen Rose, Texas. Originally hailing from a small ranching community in northwestern Colorado, she has been around horses most of her life. After retiring from the pharmaceutical industry in 2008, she devoted herself to studying portraiture, then figurative art, studying under renowned artists. For subject matter, Margaret travels to powwows throughout Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.
Fluid movement is inherent to Margaret Drake's sculptures. Her Native Americans and horses have been accepted into juried competitions such as Bosque Art Classic, Mountain Oyster, Estes Park, Breckenridge Fine Art Show, Little Rock's "Sculpture at the Rivermarket" and the Loveland "Sculpture in the Park" Show.

Artist's Statement
What is "ART" if it doesn't arouse strong emotion from the viewer?
I have a passion to express strength, grace, motion, rhythm, and beauty in a format that embodies those qualities. When I look at an object, I am also assessing its 3-dimensional aspects, and noting relationships and rhythms between different parts. While working on a new project, I live, sleep and breathe each problem with the piece until it is resolved. When the piece finally comes alive in my hands, I experience a natural high!
I will always want to challenge myself by creating pieces that express movement and power, in order to tug at the emotions of my audience.
I work in the mediums of both water- and oil-based clays. I use water-based clay because it is smooth and sensual and pliable to work with. recreating a picture with three-dimensional effect from a mound of clay is exhilarating! When I fire the completed work, I have a wonderful sense of taking the piece from start to completion within my own studio.
Large, more complex statuary requires armatures and oil-based clay. Since I also want to express my passion with 3-dimensional figures, I use the oil-based clay to create a piece which is then cast and finished, under my close supervision, at the foundry. It is such wonder when that lifeless lump of clay comes alive! I can hear the hoof beats as the horse gallops through the viewer's imagination!
When choosing subject matter, I look for topics where I can express symmetry, balance, rhythm, and motion, as well as beauty. My subject matter comes from my own imagination. I have always been an animal lover, and I have always been fascinated with the grace, beauty, and strength of horses and other athletes. Racehorses, for example, are a favorite subject of mine and I will continue to create subjects from the racetrack.
My favorite tool is a kitchen paring knife - because almost all that needs to be expressed in the clay can be expressed with slices and angles made by that knife.
Taking an idea from my imagination through the foundry process is so very much like conceiving and nurturing a child. That is what art is about. Creating life where there was only clay before. There is beauty and symmetry everywhere out there, waiting to be captured and celebrated.


Bronzes

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"Comanche Dance"
Bronze Sculpture
18X9X7

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"Ponca Man Dancer"
Bronze Sculpture
16X9X6

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"Tu Vienes?"
Bronze Sculpture
12X12X6

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More Bronzes

"First Saddle"
Bronze Sculpture

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"Mr. Remington's Cowboy"
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"Ute Bear Dancer"
15.5 X 7 X 6

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