Homer Daehn Artist Statement
Work on my parent’s farm started early, ended late, and happened seven days a week. This work ethic prepared me for an artist’s life. The hours are similar and both require multiple skills such as versatility, creativity, and the need for innovation.
The lines of a square-rigger ship, whimsical colorful circus wagons, magical carousel horses, or the power of a bronze sculpture are what drive me to do art with a passion. The search for recycled woods such as driftwood, crotch wood, burled wood, or root wood is part of my daily quest. Using these unique woods to create art helps me to understand and respect the beauty in nature.
The clay and bronze images that I created of Aldo Leopold and John Muir have brought me full circle—back to the land, water, and woods where I grew up. Creating such art allows me to honor those who have given voice to the awareness that we are, and need to be caretakers of the Earth.