Georgene McGonagle Studio
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BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

A Denver native, Georgene absorbed herself in academia, while finding a natural ability in athletics. She graduated with a BS degree from SMU with honors, and began a teaching career in Biology, while winning several City/State golf championships. With her love of children, she has given years to the Boards of Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and actively involved with Women/Junior golf programs, and Evans Scholars Foundation. With her family, she has excelled in skiing and adventure travels.

STATEMENT

Growing up, I had no significant exposure to any form of art. Then, in my mid-fifties a chance touch of clay turned my world around! The clay felt natural to my hands, like the feel of soil, while gardening, and my wish was to capture the innocence of my children in bronze to add to the beauty of the surrounding flowers.

You can easily imagine from my varied experiences in my studies and life itself, my sculptures are eclectic in style and subject matter. I still delight in sculpting realistic children and animals, and recently have enjoyed working with a freer and stylized form, surprising both the viewer and myself!

My works are placed in parks, schools, hospitals, businesses and private collections throughout the United States. Some of my awards received include Allied Artists of America, Women Artists of the West, American Women Artists, Audubon Artists and Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. I am also featured in the book, "Sculpture of the Rockies".

METHOD

I use the process of metal casting for my sculptures, commonly known as the "lost wax method", a lengthy process! From the wax-based clay, I form the original sculpture. At the foundry, different molds in clay and wax are made, each followed by wax and metal chasing, creating the original details. Most impressive is placing the mold into a kiln heated to about 2l00 degrees. The wax is replaced by pouring molten bronze into the mold, which drains out through sprues. Different chemicals, or patination, are then applied to my heated sculpture to capture the right hues and movement. It dances!

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