Sculpture by Ross Matteson
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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 otters form and behavior I spent a day sculpting a small reference model at Seattles 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]