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Leo OsborneLeo E. Osborne   SAA Master Signature Artist, NSS Fellow, AFC Leo Osborne
Sculpture, Painting & Poetry

Magination Acquired By The National Wildlife Art Museum
Blown down in the big 1990 winter storm, this 14 foot maple log was hauled from the west side of Fidalgo Island, near Biz Point to Darrington by woodsman Dan O’Rankin. Dan offered to bring this burly relic of the woods to my studio on Guemes Island in 1993 where it laid and grew funguses for several more years.

In 2000 I asked him again to move this to my new studio location in Ellensburg where I lived for the next three years.

There in the back alley of the old Darigold Milk Building, erect to the world, with scaffolding supporting its 14 foot height, the stage was set for the creating of MAGINATION.

Bringing this work of art to fruition involved a long process, a metamorphosis and an evolution for my self in willingness, acceptance and love.

With the sweeps of chainsaw and the striking of chisels and the hum of grinders this form took shape and the scaffolding gradually got lower. When completed it was moved indoors where fillings of epoxies and imbedding of Indian amethyst crystals was done with the final carving. Working with raw elements of the wood I saturated funguses with resins to preserve them. These along with the crystals added to the Shamanistic qualities of this creation.

This Gaian connectedness rises upward in its evolution from knurly crustaceans of bark and burl and shape shifts through foliage form to bird soaring, moving heavenward into light. Why even the sense of Orca is felt in the rising of this fluke like wing touching sky.

The Sumi style of dying the sculpture came last with washes of color that accentuated the magnificent grains of this gifted tree from Anacortes.

From Ellensburg and my Milkwood Studio this completed giant was taken to Joseph, Oregon in the grand Wallowa Mountains where it was molded and cast in bronze at the art foundries. The awesome and contemporary patina was accomplished by my long time friend and patinuer Tim Norman who resides in that valley, where once I also had a studio for several years.

….and so the story goes on.

The tree from Anacortes traveled and metamorphed, to return to its community in a new form, in another element of earth and sky. Thus it rejoins the dance from which it came forth in the great circle of life.


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5166 South Shore Drive, Guemes Island
Anacortes, WA
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