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C. Harley-Volz

 
Fruita, CO

Artist's Statement

I don’t know which I loved more as a child, my pencils, or my stick horses. I blame television’s Roy Rogers and Trigger for the horse obsession. Over time, I gradually began drawing realistic horses, and got more and more infatuated with the pencils. I still love the challenge of manipulating graphite between whispers of gray and the blackest of blacks. The play on positive and negative space fascinates me, so I leave much of the background untouched. There is beauty in what is drawn against the foil of blank paper. 

The feel of a horse, as we work together as a team, helps me achieve the sensuality of mass, muscle, and motion I want to transfer to my art in order to give it a visceral quality. When I train a horse, it literally feels like I’m sculpting their body. When I draw, it is the other way around. I work from the inside out, placing the skin over what I know to be muscle and joint. Thinking in 3-D helps my 2-D representation: like Michelangelo, I draw on the physicality of the experience.

My work elevates the common but unique personalities that are emblematic of the West. Striving always for gritty realism, I capture the cowboy life, soul, and spirit of the people and animals I deeply admire as they live and work, displaying their zest and gusto for life. 


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phone: 719-784-4285

 

"Spirit Brother"

Graphite
I was able to take the reference photo of this magnificent beast in Yellowstone Park this summer. I was close but not TOO close!
Dimensions: 24"H x 30"W
$4,900 Custom Framed with Museum Glass
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"Bravado"

Graphite
My husband shot the reference photo at a  parade in Wickenburg, AZ. The horse's mane really was this long, almost to his knees in fact.
Dimensions: 18" x 23"
$2,400 Custom Framed with Museum Glass
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"Pac Man"

Graphite
This piece will be in the WAOW show this fall in Tucson, AZ.  Charlotte Hale was gracious enough to loan me this photo reference. I love the look in the dog's eye and the way the water and ball turned out!
Dimensions: 10" x 9"
$2,000 Custom Framed with Museum Glass
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"My Turn Yet?"

Acrylic on Board

This anxious Border Collie displays that intense desire to work inherent to the breed. This piece won "People's Choice" at the Meeker Classic International Sheep Dog Trials Art Show in Meeker, Colorado this September.

Dimensions: 8" x 15.5"
SOLD
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Last updated 09/26/2015 NT
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