In an attempt to represent the sheer magnificence of wildlife in bronze, many artists are able to capture likenesses of the subject matter perfectly. Proportions are carefully measured. Textures are carefully applied, and the final representation is unmistakable. However, the ability to embody the artwork with the unique spirit of the animal is an elusive quality achieved by few. It requires an understanding of the life force of the creature itself. Being able to breathe life into a medium that is cool to the touch differentiates a skillful artist from an exceptional one. Creating the illusion of movement or expressing a behavior that is unique to the species is the quality that defines fine art bronze.
Artist and sculptor Kitty Cantell has had a life long fascination with everything wild. She has studied the behaviors of animals with an artists eye and imagination. Her driving passion has been to capture the essence of the animals she chooses to depict in her artwork. As a self taught sculptor, she has refined her skills for nearly a quarter of a century. It is her unique ability to capture the emotion of how we as the viewer feel about the animals that she has chooses to create, which was won her countless awards and critical acclaim. Her identification with the subject matter has led her to be one of the most widely collected wildlife artists working in the United States today.
As a native of Southern California, Kitty Cantrell attributes her respect for all things living to a childhood spent in the Mojave Desert. It was in this arid environment that she became acutely aware of the rhythms of nature and she constantly challenges herself to incorporate this understanding into her artwork.