|Title:||By the Sweat of Thy Brow|
|Size:||27" x 29" x 10"|
The Greatest Generation
This is the generation (1930's-1950's) that endured the Great depression, World War II and the droughts of the '50's. Values necessary to their survival included industriousness, courage, fortitude, opportunity, confidence in progress, the simpler life, and self-reliance. This sculpture series attempts to chronicle these values by telling the stories of the individuals. It is my hope that the sculptural beauty of these works reflect the courageous beauty of these individuals.
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"My challenge is to combine technical accuracy and powerful design with my passion for the American West.
I want there to be subtle aspect to my sculptures, a depth of feeling, and a profound message. When I create a sculpture of a person, for example, I want you to not only understand what the person is doing, but I also want you to look at it and say, I wonder what that person is thinking.
I also try to get the viewer to relate to the sculpture by focusing on universal themes and common experiences. Whether the setting is contemporary, from the Great Depression era, or from two hundred years ago, I want the people looking at it to be able to relate. Most people have felt happy, sad, alone, pensive, or wistful. Most people have felt loved. These feelings are part of the human condition.
I also believe in the values that built America: industriousness, courage, fortitude, opportunity, confidence in progress, the simpler life, self-reliance. As a sculptor, I am very proud to carry on the legacy of artistically chronicling these values. I do this by telling the stories of the individuals. I want to personalize them, to make them real, understandable, and timeless. I also want to make them artistically beautiful, just as their daily struggles made them beautiful individually. The American West is the perfect setting with which to express these themes."
Jeff creates representational western bronzes as well as monumental bronze commissions. Awards include the 2007 Cowboy Artists of America’s Award for Emerging Artist, Phippen art show, Prescott, AZ, as well as numerous other awards including best of show, first place sculpture, and others. His works are in several prestigious collections, including the Pearce Collection of Western Art, in Corsicana, TX, and the Greeley Stampede in Greeley, CO. Jeff sculpted a portrait bust of Charles Goodnight which is now on display at the Charles Goodnight Historical Center in Claude, TX. Jeff is an artist at R.S. Hannah Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX. Jeff has recently completed a sculpture of James Butler Bonham, a hero of the Alamo, commissioned by Texas governor Rick Perry.
Jeff has been an assistant to Bruce Greene, C.A., since 2001. He also holds a Master's Degree in Education from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, 1998.
In his art teaching capacity, Jeff taught sculpture at the Western Art Academy in Kerrville, TX for 7 straight years, from 2005-2012, a month long, 6 day a week art scholarship program in conjunction with the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Art program, The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, and Schreiner University in Kerrville. Jeff has also taught adult and children’s sculpture workshops in his hometown of Cleburne, TX. Jeff, his wife Loren, and son Clayton, live on ten acres outside of Cleburne, Texas. They enjoy a country lifestyle, owning several horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.
St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church, Irving, Texas; Near life-size crucifix.
Charles Goodnight Historical Center, Claude, Texas; Life-size portrait bust of Charles Goodnight.
Cleburne, Texas; Life-size statue of General Patrick Cleburne
Gordon Hospital, Calhoun, Georgia; Life-size grouping of Jesus and the Children (different from the one for Crossroads Christian Church)
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205; James Butler Bonham trophy, on display at the Alamo research library
Crossroads Christian Church, Fort Worth, Texas; Life size grouping of Jesus and the Children
Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas; 3' x 5' portrait relief of Dr. Nehemiah Davis
Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church, Colleyville, Texas; a bronze crucifix of Christ.
Two life sized Spanish Goats, to be delivered in October of 2012.
Life sized Firefighter for Cleburne, Texas Honor Memorial, Bronze to be installed on September 11, 2013. However the unveiling of the clay sculpture will take place on September 11, 2012.
City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
28 foot wide wall relief sculpture recognizing the experience of African American railroad workers in Fort Worth.
Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church, Colleyville, Texas
Life-sized monument of Jesus the Good Shepherd with two sheep, displayed outside the sanctuary.
Huguley Memorial Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas
Eight foot tall monument of Jesus, a doctor, patient and baby displayed overlooking the highway near the hospital's main entrance
Central Texas Medical Center, San Marcos, Texas
Twenty four foot long grouping of five relief sculptures for hospital's lobby
Huguley Memorial Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas
Nine inch tall award sculpture for Huguley's 25th year anniversary
Mike and Becky Rogers, Grandview, TX; Life-size sculpture of their four-year-old daugther, Tara
Pearce Collection of Western Art, Corsicana, TX
Greeley Stampede, Greeley, CO
Bosque Conservatory Collection, Clifton, TX
The Old Post Office Museum, Graham, TX
Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, TX