|Clay sculpture by Kosiba|
The Gallery recently received a new selection of work by clay sculptor Christine Kosiba. Her squirrels, bears and turtles reflect the abundant wildlife found in the Appalachian Mountains. In her own words....
"I am energized by the beauty and diversity inherent in the natural world - the be-jeweled lace of a dew-studded spider web, the throaty caw of a raven, shadows cast on forest floor through delicate fern and mighty oak, the playful antics of a bear cub, the musky scent of coyote's den, rich earthtones in sandstone, a loving moment between fox and kit, a voyeuristic gaze at the abundant sea life in a clear tidal pool. All these precious gifts inspire me to be forever grateful and to strive to express this gratitude in my work." To borrow some well-spoken words from a renowned Wildlife Artist, Environmentalist and Naturalist:
"I can't conceive of anything being so varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can and to absorb it. And then I'd like to put it together and express it..." - Robert Bateman
|Turtle and bird by Kosiba|
|Resting bear by Kosiba|
|Kosiba's bear and bird|