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Sponsor: Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Dan and Barbra Cunningham and friends of Tye Cunningham
I grew up just outside of Denver, Colorado, and first became interested in art as a career in junior high school. I pictured myself as a oil painter in a beautiful studio painting grand landscapes. Fast forward a couple of decades – after attending Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, first as a biology major and then as an art major. I met a cute red headed girl at that time and she ended up becoming my wife in fairly short order. Yea! Charlie Brown does win sometimes!
After our senior year (I left a few classes short of graduating) we moved to Loveland, Colorado, where my family was living. I worked for a few years casting plaster sculptures that were sold in gift stores throughout the country. My interest was piqued and I got to know some of the prominent sculptors that were getting the Loveland sculpture phenomenon rolling. With their encouragement I started sculpting the human figure – mostly children. By that time I was supporting my family as a interior trim carpenter during the day and working on my sculptures in the evening. I was blessed to get into some great galleries, and in pretty short order I was able to support my wife and four children, as a bronze sculptor. (Somewhere in there I did end up earning my bachelor of fine art degree – my mother and grandmother were pleased to no end. Never mind that I was already fort
1501 W Covell Rd., Edmond, OK, 73003
Medium type: Bronze
Date created: 2005