Star Liana York
Itch, bronze, 14″ x 16″ x 14″
Star’s career as a professional sculptor began over 45 years ago, and much of the recognition she has achieved comes from a body of work created after moving to the Southwest in 1985. It reflects her introduction to the Western narrative and Native peoples, indigenous wildlife, as well as ancient rock art. Her work succeeds in capturing authentic aspects of the past and interpreting historic figures with convincing realism. A credible character and personality are apparent in her subjects, rendered with empathic artistry.
As my life has been enriched by my experiences living in the mystical, magical Southwest, and by my passion for raising and training horses, I have found it increasingly expressed in my sculpture. To truly communicate with a horse well enough to ride bridleless requires working at developing a language that is very finely tuned and sensitive. Learning and practicing this sensitivity with my horses has honed my skills in communicating with people. For me, art is another form of connecting with others in a non-verbal language, which is what horse training is about.
Master-Signature and Heritage Circle Member American Women Artists
Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”
— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ