The artist, Wally Shoop, draws his inspiration from his observations of the natural world, his imaginative search for powerful images, and his American Indian heritage of respect for nature and the almost spiritual qualities of animal life. The realistic bronze sculptures produced in his studio provide ample evidence of his creative force and artistic intent - to capture human feelings within natural forms.

Using the lost wax process of bronze casting, which appeared nearly six thousand years ago, Shoop first sculpts in soft wax; then makes a rubber mold of the wax model. From the rubber mold he creates multiple wax impressions of the original. Each wax impression is encased in a ceramic shell and placed in an oven; with temperatures exceeding fifteen hundred degrees, the wax melts rapidly. The ceramic shell is packed in sand and molten bronze is poured into the shell. When the bronze cools, the ceramic shell is broken. The bronze casting is then finished with meticulous handwork to capture and enhance the detail.

Along with working to harness his creative energies, Wally has worked diligently developing and growing his corporation. Yet while he encourages steady, thoughtful growth, Wally Shoop insists that production be limited to that level enabling strict quality control. A keen sense of standards and ethical business codes permits the artist to inspect each casting before release to the customer.

Letter from the Artist

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