nature studies by noted Arizona sculptor Richard Bell Smith are
sure to strike a responsive chord among those who feel a special
affinity for woodland, field and stream. With unfailing mastery,
Bell captures the dynamic spontaneity, rhythm and texture of natural
growth. Here the transcendental experience of being at one with
nature is preserved in bronze for your lasting enjoyment and contemplation.
up close to the outdoors, and from an early age was fascinated
by nature. As a youth, he would spend long summer days observing
wildlife and sketching scenes from around the pond near his home.
This was the beginning of a lasting and intensely spiritual relationship
with nature which permeates all his art.
college years, studying linguistics and literatures, Bell maintained
his studies by gathering and selling mineral specimens. The lure
of art and nature proved invincible, and Richard went directly
from academia back to his studio, where his artistic sensibilities
found their expression in a new medium, welded sculpture. Bell
is now renowned for his unrivaled skill with the welding torch.
He has won numerous awards and competitions, and his sculptures
are found in many of the world's finest collections.
Of his own
art, Bell says, "I am committed to the idea of creating sculptures
of universal appeal-- available to everyone at his own level of
consciousness. For those who see only a pretty object for the
home or office, they offer an ornamental and purely decorative
beauty. For those who appreciate form, texture, color and line
in their more formal relationships, I attempt to create an integral
work of art. And they who seek a deeper spiritual meaning through
the contemplation of art may share my vision of an analogy between
the creation of a delicate tree sculpture from formless molten
metal and the creation of the ordered universe from primal chaos.
It is my sincere desire that my art might inspire people who routinely
see only the decorative aspect of art to delve into the more introspective
way of viewing and, thereby, not only please their sense of beauty,
but increase their understanding of art as well."