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C. Harley-Volz

 
Fruita, Colorado

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. 

Mounting Tension
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Ewe Turn
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Mounting Tension

"Mounting Tension"

graphite

This is a drawing of my not-so-sneakey grandaughter and her trustworthy pony, Lilbit. I enjoyed making the Powder River Pannels their typical green color and am pleased with the outcome.

This piece has been jurried into every show entered and won note-worthy prizes many times including Best of Show, People's Choice, and at the AAEA Fall show, Best Piece depicting interaction. It's a winner.


Dimensions: 14" H x 14" W
$2,500.00 plus shipping
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Ewe Turn

"Ewe Turn"

graphite
I drew this piece specifically for the Meeker Classic International Sheepdog Trials Art Show. I love the drama in the piece between the highly focused dog and the tentative, skittish sheep.  The intensity is heightened through creative use of positive and negative space; the sleekness of the horizontal dog in direct contrast to the rounded, wolley sheep, the use of blackest blacks against whisper grays of graphite, and the exacting lines on the dog opposed to the soft, nebuleous shapes of the sheep.

This new piece has been shown only once but will be "on the road" to many more in the near future.

Dimensions: 12" H x 16" W
$1,000.00 plus shipping
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Last updated 2/01/2012 MC

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