Mike Bryant: sculptor with a big heart
Fort Collins, Colo.
Michael S. Bryant, a native northwesterner, had worked in the engineering side of exploratory drilling for 17 years when he felt the need to change careers. Since his wife was in school to become a nurse and they had three children, he got a lot of negative feedback from other people about changing careers. He comes from an artistic family and his creative spirit lead him to make sculptural furniture in 1997 and then to carving animals.
From a very young age Mike has admired nature and each of his sculptures come from his own experiences. Each one tells its own story of nature as he sees it. Most of his work is carved from figured walnut and figured maple woods, making them truly unique and beautiful. His great understanding of fine wood and the tools he works with helps him create wood masterpieces which are patronized nationally by private and corporate collectors.
Last November Mike donated a life-sized horse and child carved of ponderosa pine to the “Cowboy Ball” in Nashville, Tenn. Kix Dunn of Brooks & Dunn and a couple of other folks bought it, and the purchase price of $15,000 was donated to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Last year was Mike’s third year to sell his sculptures at the Cheyenne Frontier Days.
He was watching the barrel races when Annie Smith from Shoshone, Wyo., had the misfortune of her horse falling and breaking its femur. Seeing the emotions brought on by having to have the horse put down, gave Mike the idea to make a sculpture to help Annie deal with her loss. The 4-foot-long sculpture of her horse’s head and neck will be presented to Annie at this year’s Frontier Days. Mike’s busy schedule took him to the Calgary Stampede the first week of July, then to Cheyenne the last week of July. On Aug. 13 and 14 he will participate at the prestigious Loveland, Colo., Invitational Sculpture Show.
To see Mike’s sculptures on line, check his Web site at http://www.msbryant.com.
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