Sculptor Raymond Gibby says, “Being outdoors has always been a rejuvenating experience for the soul. And there has been nothing more inspirational than finding wildlife while I explore. Growing up with God in my life, I have viewed the creation of art as an expression of gratitude and praise for the outdoor beauty that has been provided to all that experience it.”
Under the tutelage of his grandfather, who was a landscape painter, Gibby learned to respect the medium that he works in as much as the subject matter. “For him, it was as important to showcase oil painting techniques as much as it was important to depict a landscape,” Gibby shares. “From him, I learned to not over control the medium so that it can maintain its unique characteristics.”
These days, Gibby creates wildlife sculptures in clay and cast in bronze. To adhere to his grandfather’s counsel, he includes tight details into loose textures to highlight the versatility of the medium. “I also spend a lot of time studying and appreciating wildlife to generate the inspiration to create. The overall result of my work should demonstrate anatomic accuracy for a particular wildlife species,” he says. “It should showcase the qualities of clay, and also show the unique capabilities of bronze. Whenever possible
I like to display the strength of bronze in my compositions, not only in my messages but also in the actual physical strength of bronze. There are things that can be achieved in bronze that are nearly impossible in other mediums. But as I mentioned, the message should be strong too. I hope that my pieces aren’t just nice to look at, but instead my great desire is that they sink deep and stir emotion with the message.”
Gibby will participate in the Natureworks Art Show and Sale March 1 through 3 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center.
Triumphant, bronze, 84 x 60 x 36"
Driven, bronze, 9 x 6 x 2½"