With 27 years of experience and dynamic energy, I love to visualize, design and sculpt art that brings joy, smiles and beauty to the world’s eyes. As a child I was always moved by my grandmother’s ability to paint beautiful scenes, flowers and landscapes. Art was in my blood and would come naturally to me. My parents believed that I could be anything I set my mind to, and that gave me wings to fly. With a love of horses and art, there came a time of crossroads for me and I chose horses first. Little did I know that this choice was the perfect training for me as a sculptor. While making hot, handmade horseshoes, I found the hot, pliable steel was an incredible medium that could be bent, hammered and shaped anyway I liked. I also found that there was a rainbow of color in this steel depending on the temperature it held and knew this could be controlled to be used in art. The shaping and viewing of the horses’ hooves honed in my visual abilities, and so the next phase was set. It was sculpture.
After 16 years of shoeing I decided it was time to switch directions and head into the art world. With that, the dynamic and creative juices flowing, I was an art and sculpture machine. I realized I had found my home and I was in love! Over the next several years I played with the styles I liked and media I felt comfortable with. The line sculpture was a signature style and I continue to create and sculpt in this style several pieces a year. I am also a creative visual sculptor, and through the years, while I started with line sculpture, I have not been afraid to try other media, styles and processes to create the 3D visions I have seen in my mind. Working in clay and casting in bronze is also a passion of mine. Each year I sculpt several cast sculptures along with my hand-created steel and bronze sculptures. As a self-taught artist, I had to defy the odds and let my natural abilities flow and come forth without restraint so I could be super creative. It is my passion to bring art into this world that inspires and brings beauty and joy to the viewer now and for years to come.
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Esther’s work is also on display at the Newby Gallery in Tubac, Arizona
“After Esther came to Bandera County, Texas over two decades ago from her upstate New York childhood home, her style of life-sized metal sculpture and artwork became an instant and long-running success story. Now an internationally known artist, her heart remains in the Hill Country of Texas where her work is on display in her Pipe Creek Gallery. The photo of her with the Rearing Horse has lived, for more than two decades, atop what is now the Western Trails Antique Mall. And her creation of Texas-sized Boots stands in front of the Bandera County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau to welcome everyone to town!”
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