renowned wildlife sculptor Rip Caswell for a unique week of incredible
learning and fun at Casa de los Artistas.
Last time Rip taught at the Casa they had just birthed a few
Black Jaguars and Bengal Tigers. We had the incredibly rare opportunity
to go in the pen with the babies, hold them, play with them, photograph
them up close and measure them. We then went back to the Casa
Studio and with Rips' expert and gentle guidance we all produced
wonderful Jaguar sculptures.
Rip Caswell specializes in nature inspired wildlife and figurative
bronze sculpture and is renown for his ability to capture the
spirit and essence of his subjects. Popular with private and corporate
collectors worldwide. He has created more than 200 sculptures
of various subjects in contemporary and realistic styles. An authority
in wildlife art, Caswell's collectibles are credited to his deep
understanding of living creatures - human and animal - in their
natural environment. His sculptures have a life and breath of
their own. Caswell often serves as a judge in competitions and
presents at seminars. Many art galleries, publications and television
broadcasts also have featured his works.
The son of a professional guide and outfitter, Rip Caswell moved
to the Northwest when he was just six years old. Everything about
art attracted the young boy. His professional career has evolved
as he mastered distinctly different art forms.
Clay sculptures: When his family lived in Northwest Washington for a time, he sculpted animals from the water-based clay from the shores of the Pend Oreille River.
Taxidermy: Rip’s father saw his son’s
talent and encouraged the boy to study taxidermy. For several
summers Rip understudied with accomplished taxidermist, Bill
Lancaster of Beavercreek, Oregon. In 1985, Lancaster offered
Rip a full time job and the two teamed to become lead contenders
in Northwest tax idermy. In 1988, the duo’s entries swept
the Northwest Regional Taxidermy competition by winning all
bird and mammal categories. The competition had 96 entries and
the Lancaster/Caswell team took every award at the event. Caswell
repeated this effort on his own in 1989, again winning every
In 1990, Caswell decided to compete at the national level, planning eight months in advance. He chose to combine contemporary sculpture and traditional taxidermy. Those concepts were applied to his work on a green-winged teal, which took top honors.
Bronze: Inspired by the prestigious win at Nationals, Caswell’s
friends suggested that he cast images in bronze. The Caswell Gallery
opened in Troutdale, Oregon in December 1992, located next to
a foundry. Recent commissions include the larger-than-life-sized
sculpture of former Oregon Governor Tom McCall and an Iraq War
Memorial in Madras, Oregon, as well as the installation of "The
Battle" – two life-size elk – at the High Desert
Museum near Bend, Oregon.
To be scheduled
"Introduction to Sculpture -
Materials and Techniques"
with Award Winning Wildlife Sculpture
Special guest artist/co-facilitator
and drawing with Casa Directer artist / co-facilitator
To learn More about Rip Caswell, visit www.caswellsculptures.com