Pie for Breakfast shows a Red Tailed Hawk shielding his prey from the magpie's mate. It is a scene the artist came across in real life and could not wait to depict it in Bronze. It is a Lost Wax Method bronze sculpture by award-winning artist Bob Scheelings of Skull Valley, Arizona, USA in a limited edition of Ten. Call artist or gallery for prices.
Bob Scheelings works are characterized by an amazing sense of realism. No detail goes unnoticed. His experience and skills as a horseman shows through when it comes to conformation and the equipment the horse is fitted with. No matter what the subject matter is; whether it is wildlife, birds, horses, or just your ordinary hounddog or barnyard rooster; miniature or monumental, he truly captures their spirit. Customers are amazed to find the true character and little quirks their animals have in his custom made bronze portraits.As a child, Bob Scheelings liked to roam the dunes near his home on the western shores of his native country The Netherlands. The abundant aviary wildlife present became his object of study. Especially drawn to the crow family and birds of prey, he then began putting his observations to task as a taxidermist.During his early twenties, this mainly self-taught artist moved to the United States to perfect yet another passion: the art of horse training. He now found himself in a totally different environment, the deserts of the Southwest. He quickly became smitten with his harsh and diverse surroundings.Working as ranch manager for Al Dunning, a multiple World Champion reining- and cutting horse trainer, Bob was exposed to a willing audience for commissioned horse portraits in pastel. He also started painting desert landscapes and cowboy scenes, influenced by artists such as Charlie Russell, George Phippen, Mehl Lawson, and John Clymer.From drawing and painting he moved into the realm of three dimensional art but this was a much slower and more costly process, with a steep learning curve.Always a big fan of George Phippen (whose hometown, Skull Valley, he now resides in) and Mehl Lawson, he had tried sculpture several times before but didn't know enough about the process. To learn more about the process, Bob went to work for a fine art foundry in Prescott. Bronze is now his medium of choice.Gallery inquiries welcome.