Working in several mediums, Shirley Scarpetta Skidmore creates a stunning portfolio of sculpture. Find out more about this talented artist by visiting her website.
I consider myself to be an endless student of the arts. Sculpture has always been a fascination of mine since I was a little child. Especially being in front of the Statue of Liberty and seeing as how this enormous sculpture represents so much to so many.
I wanted to leave a legacy of that magnitude for others since I could remember. I had been a stay at home mother and loved every minute of it, but it was becoming evident my need to express my voice and desires, so I took a continuing education course at a local college in pottery, and the rest is history!
Clay had become an extension of my soul. It had become my way of expressing what I had witnessed during my time and travels from around the world. Nature, sea life, and mascots, people; they all represent something to others. God had given me a gift of sculpture, so now it was my turn to share this gift for the world to see.
I received my first place award at the college for ceramics on my very first piece I had ever made. I quickly became fascinated with how everyone thought I had been studying for years. So I pursued more studying at the famous Glassell School of Art, and took a semester in sculpture and mold making.
I then got awarded the huge honor of sculpting a 750 lb. bronze wildcat for Cypress Woods High School and never looked back since.
I have been in several galleries throughout the United States, and became a Co-Director of a Cooperative Gallery for 11/2 years. I help several charities that are dear to me every year with donating my art, and hope to continue to create mascots or major people in history to tell our story.
I am currently working on two giraffes for a private collection. They will be cast in bronze and available in limited edition. Though I work in several mediums, my ultimate passion is bronze.