Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – Jerry McKellarWe met Jerry McKellar last year at the CM Russell auction in Great Falls. Jerry has done many sculptures, from small works, to monumental size pieces. He creates wonderful wildlife, and also figurative sculpture. Jerry was a dentist for many years before he became serious about his art. and started creating full time. Here is a little information about Jerry and his work. Jerry McKellar received his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 1969 and then spent two years working in the army dental corps. He and his wife, Gayle, moved to Colville, a small town in scenic NE Washington state, in the fall of 1971 where Jerry practiced dentistry in a busy private practice until his retirement in October of 1994.Throughout his dental career, he made beautiful jewelry for family and friends, and for a period of time did very finely detailed wildlife scratch drawings which were made into limited edition prints. In 1987 his first limited edition bronze, “Startled”, was cast and he unknowingly launched himself from a hobby into a new and exciting career!
Although his sculptures vary widely in style and subject matter, and range from miniature to monumental, strong composition, power, and movement are consistent throughout. His professional background as a dentist is reflected in the structural accuracy of the facial anatomy in his busts and figures. The human figures focus on an accurate depiction of the culture, ritual, or tribal affiliation. The McKellars spend many weeks each year traveling in different parts of the world doing photographic studies which inspire future work.
He does a great deal of his own patina work at his studio and is constantly developing new techniques such as his varied stone marbleized patinas.
More of Jerry’s work can be seen on his website.