Sandpiper member artist Maryann Eikens

Maryann Eikens, bronze sculptor

Maryann Eikens—Bronze Sculptor

Introduced to Sculpting—I never knew sculpting would be my medium of choice, until after a snowboarding accident I had in 2005. Growing up in Hartford, Michigan, a small farm town located 100 miles east of Chicago, drawing and playing outside were two of my favorite things. In 1989, I received my BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota—Duluth. In 1990, I moved west and worked as a Graphic Designer, moving to Missoula Montana in 2001. In the winter of 2005, after breaking a wrist snowboarding, I enrolled in a sculpting class to help strengthen my recovering wrist. I then discovered a love of the 3 dimensional, tactile medium of clay. In 2008, I entered my first juried art show and have been showing and selling my work in various shows since.

My Philosophy on Life and Art—Keep an open mind, try anything once (as long as it isn't illegal or immoral) then decide if it gets chalked up to a learning experience or becomes a true passion. Sculpting is my true passion. I chose bronze as my medium because of the strength the metal and the beauty and variety of patinas. I like the fact that a bronze work of art is classic and timeless. I generally prefer to release my bronze sculptures in limited editions of only 20 pieces. Not only is this more valuable to the collector, I also want to focus my creative energy into developing new ideas. For me, creating a sculpture involves channeling a vision or passion for something in life and then executing this idea with my hands.

The Natural World—I marvel everyday at the beauty and strength of the natural world. My intention in my work is to capture a moment of the wonder and excitement found all around us. I want to tell a story, bring a smile and evoke a feeling for the viewer. I love being out in the world and observing nature and interpreting it into my sculptures. Montana wildlife is a frequent subject in my sculptures. I have traveled the west and other parts of the world observing and recording nature for subject matter. Some of my forays include: Churchill, Canada to photograph and observe polar bears in their natural habitat, Seattle to see river otters, and Africa, to view wildlife including lions, elephants and giraffes. I also enjoy sculpting the human figure. “Hope, Love and Life”, my first monumental sculpture depicts three women and a baby, for Community Medical Center in Missoula, MT.

About my art

My artwork is now in private and public collections. I continue to attend juried art shows, and enjoy participating in quick-finish events. The Western Heritage Art Show in Great Falls, MT, The Art on the Green Show in Couer de'Alene, ID, and Under the Big Sky Holiday Show in Missoula, MT to name a few. I am an exhibiting member of The Sandpiper Gallery in Polson, Montana. I enjoy the challenge of custom, commissioned pieces and working on public art. To contact me or see more of my artwork visit my Web site.

See photos of my work.