Wenaha Gallery

Ralph Trethewey

Bronze sculptor

Artist' artwork/info

Ralph Trethewey's Bio:

Ralph Trethewey began sculpting at age ten, encouraged by a father and grandfather who carved. His first efforts were delightful sculptures of birds and animals he enjoyed seeing in the mountains of Utah. Seeing this gift as God given, he gained added satisfaction by giving away most of these early works.

While attending the University of Utah in 1972, he took two sculpture courses from Angelo Caravaglia. Angelo’s affirmation prompted him to refine and develop this art form. Working independently he has developed techniques and styles of sculpture that have been a livelihood for over 30 years.

He has enjoyed a freedom to produce fine art with a balance of sustaining commissions and pursuit of experimental ideas. His works are in select galleries and private collections including those of Hank Williams Jr., former governor of Oregon Barbara Roberts.

His Pecan Shell Antlers are a world unique sculptural concept. Using the unbroken shell of the pecan, he sketches a balanced pair of antlers on both sides of the shell. A rotary power tool is used to cut the rough antler shape from the shell and then the detail is carved with small knives. The original antlers are then mounted on miniature walnut plaques and encased in protective shadowboxes. These have been acquired by distinguished collectors including “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” in 1992 and Bev Doolittle.

Ralph has received numerous awards including “People’s Choice” and “Best of Show.” Commissions have included realistic birds for museums, among them Hawaii’s Volcano’s National Park Visitor Center and Kiluea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Kauai.