|I work directly with oil
base clay and live models,
Capturing a strong likeness along with my own creative vision of
simplicity and elegance, echoing the female figure.
When finishing the image I
incorporate stones, high polish lines, a dazzle of turquoise,
and paint beads to enhance my designs (a recognizable signature
of mine for over 30 years) along with different acid washes,
known as patinas.
Most of my bronzes depicts the
Native American female, which is expressed in sensuous curves,
tension of emotion, with minimal forms. Reflecting the spirit and
richness of the mystical Southwest. I portray the Native American
because they are the original inhabitants of our continent, they
should not be forgotten.
My technique is the lost wax method. After the clay image is complete, rubber and plaster molds are formed. A wax reproduction is created by pouring hot wax into the rubber mold. After the clay is removed, the wax reproduction is cleaned and chased to remove any imperfections. It is then cut in half, each half is covered with ceramic clays. When hardened, the wax impression is burned out. After that the ceramic clay is hardened and empty, the molten bronze is poured into each half. Once cooled the ceramic clay is hammered off, the bronze halves are welded together. The image is then chased, patina applied, and high polished.
A nationally noted, award winning sculptress, specializing in miniature to monumental work. Felicia’s portraiture and figurative Southwest manner demonstrate the uniqueness of her elegant, recognizable style.
Felicia appeared in publications / books
titled Women Leaders of Colorado, Sculpture of the Rockies,
and many news and magazine articles. Felicia was recognized as one of the top women leaders in Colorado.
Felicia completed an artist in residence program during which she finished a monumental sculpture for Northeast Elementary Public Schools courtyard in Parker, Colorado.
installed a life size bronze fountain of the Cahuilla Indians for the city of La Quinta, California. Some of her other life size bronzes can be seen in private collections, and the market square in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
In 1995 Felicia was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists, in New York City.
Felicia has been invited to display her work in many juried invitational shows, such as the Gilcrease Art Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona; Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming; the National Arts Club in New York City; Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, Arizona. She has won numerous awards and has received national acclaim. Her work is displayed in prestigious galleries throughout the United States, and in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Recently, Felicia moved to the Vail Valley, the beautiful Colorado Mountains of Edwards, Colorado where she lives and works.