Belle Starr

Bronze sculpture of Belle Starr, a wild west show performer jumping through a spinning lariat, with a large cowgirl hat, by John Bennett.

Belle Starr was only the name I borrowed from the lady outlaw. My piece is based on the wild west show performers I can only imagine what were like – larger than life, attractive and talented. Just what a young cowboy wants to watch.
bronze, 24″ high (click image to enlarge)
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• What’s with the patina? All of my bronzes are “hot” patinas, meaning they are chemicals applied to the bronze with a blow torch. The various acid washes can incorporate pigments, so there is a near limitless range of hue and tonal values in addition to the usual brown (ferric nitrate) people associate with bronze sculpture.