Little Big Bison #OPEN-3
Legacy Gallery Scottsdale
Rod was born in 1965 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. At the age of five, Rod’s grandmother, a painter, encouraged his parents to send him to private art lessons with a well-known Buck’s Country impressionist.
The consummate student of art, Rod continually searches for his own truth. Traveling abroad has exposed him to a variety of art styles, mediums and messages. By studying past and present masters, Rod explores sculpture as a metaphor of the present world. Under the guidance and mentoring of Floyd T. DeWitt, Rod strives to see beyond the literal and narrative to create work that is contemplative and metaphorical yet based on traditional foundations. His goal is to see the abstract forms in nature and express this in sculpture by marrying the components of discipline and creativity to express a concept rather that an image.
The National Sculpture Society awarded Rod with the Beverly Hoyt Memorial Award in 2003 and the Polich Foundry Award in 2005. Since, he has become a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society having received distinctions such as participation in select juried shows at Brookgreen Gardens, “Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art” and The National Sculpture Society, “A Blessing of Animals”. Rod has participated in events such as Sculpture in the Park, Coors Western Art Exhibit, and the National Museum of Wildlife Western Visions.
Rod teaches annual workshops at Brookgreen Gardens, as well as The Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Having sculptures in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, the Leanin’ Tree Museum, Boulder, Colorado and Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.