(1918-1989) Ray Renfroe's is known for bronze sculptures and paintings of western subject matter rendered with meticulous attention to detail and with beautifully multi-color, mirror-like patinas.
Renfroe was born in Louisiana on April 25, 1918, and as a boy, lived in many southern states including Texas. He left home at age 15 to make his way as a journeyman blacksmith. At 17, he moved to the Gallatin area of Montana when it still teemed with elk, moose, deer, grizzly and black bear, wolf, beaver, coyote and other creatures of the wild. He developed an intimate knowledge of the wilderness with his frequent packing in by horse, hunting, and working cattle, and these activities served him well as a western artist.
In 1970, he moved with his family from Grass Valley, California to Prescott, Arizona and there, he had his own horses and longhorn cattle that served him both as inspiration and models.
Of his work, he said: "My father instilled in me at a very early age that anything worth doing was worthy of my best effort! This principle has followed me to this day. When I am painting or sculpting, time is of no essence, and I will never allow quantity to rule over quality."
taken from AskArt.com