Sculpture by Ross Matteson

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Valerie's Otter

ã1999 by Ross Matteson wall mounted bronze 32 inch otter, 10 inch fish edition sze 20

Valerie's Otter  is named after the friend who commissioned it.   I love observing otters in the wild, but to get predictably close observations of a river otter’s form and behavior I spent a day sculpting a small reference model at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.   It was a day of whirling activity.   I was immersed in the rhythms of the constantly moving otter as it spiraled through the aquarium.   I was also immersed in a wonderful flow of constantly moving school children who enthusiastically joined me in my temporary studio!

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[photo credit: Rob Whitworth / Ross Matteson]