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Lon Etzel

Lon Etzel creates realism stone sculptures in his own unique style. Almost all of Lon’s sculptures are created from a very hard red and black marble quarried in the California desert. Lon brings forth the character of the stone with his impeccable eye for detail. More »

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Guitar 1
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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This piece is made out of a piece of gold Travertine. The weight is 80-100 lb. The stone wasn't perforated with holes like most Travertine, it was a a solid piece of concentrated colorants. The notes behind it are Hotel California.

Moccasins
by Lon Etzel

18" x 15", 80lbs
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Indian moccasins, from a book I had. They are from the Arapaho Indian tribe. In one month I ended up carving three pieces of similar moccasins for friends in Wyoming and Montana.

Saddlebag
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Money Chest
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Navajo Woman
by Lon Etzel

36"h x 24"w, 400 lbs
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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This was a Navajo woman from the 1850's era. The clothes and the jewelry were typical of this time. The piece is twice life size.

Crazy Horse
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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A piece I carved thinking how I perceived Crazy Horse's look in my minds eye. There are no pictures of what Crazy Horse looked like but I saw him as a strong - spiritual leader of the Indian nation at that point in time.

Apache Man
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Weasel
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Boots
by Lon Etzel

24" x 24" x 18", 220 lbs
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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This is a carving I had to do more than once. It comes from when I was camping in Death Valley as a kid and I woke up in the morning to find a scorpion in by boot. My mom always told me to check my boots, so after that I could easily imagine a rattlesnake greeting me in the morning.

Unwanted Guest
by Lon Etzel

7" x 9" x 26" round
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Gun 6
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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I carved this piece for a client in Texas, a nice man I met on the plane flying over to Italy. He wanted something for his office. So this piece shows tools a sheriff would use in the old days. The piece is life size and is completely carved out of one stone.

Gun 7
by Lon Etzel

One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Kiowa's 1863 Colt
by Lon Etzel

8" x 20" x 20"
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Kiowa's 1863 Colt was juried into the San Diego Fair Fine Art Exhibition in 2005. The plains Indians studded the handles of their guns with brass tacks and wrapped rawhide around parts of the gun for decoration. The bag with a running horse on it, was for keeping ammunition.

California Earthquakes Indian Legend
by Lon Etzel

13.5" x 25" x 50"
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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While visiting an Indian re-enactment village, an Indian told Lon about the legend of the tortoises and the state of California. Long before man, when the earth consisted only of water, the ancient Spirit decided to make the beautiful land on the backs of giant tortoises. After time, the tortoises became restless, borrowing into the ground. When they would dig and argue, the ground would shift, causing the earthquakes. After hearing the fascinating tale, Lon was inspired to create this magnificent sculpture. The detail and character of this piece is extraordinary.

Eureka Cards
by Lon Etzel

8" x 20" x 16"
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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Eureka Cards was juried into the 2005 California State Fair Fine Art Exhibition in Sacramento where Lon received an Award of Merit in the three-dimensional Western division.

Bowl with Necklace
by Lon Etzel

30"w x 18'h, 400 lbs
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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I wanted do to a still life, showing the artifacts from the four corners region of the west. This work is all one piece of stone. The only pieces that are not part of the original stone are the turquoise that I inset in the neckless part.

Apache Game & Pueblo Gems
by Lon Etzel

15" x 29" x 26"
One of a kind marble with turquoise sculpture.

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Apache Game & Pueblo Gems was juried into the San Diego Fair Fine Art Exhibition in 2005 and won two awards.

The Guardian
by Lon Etzel

14" x 21" x 21"
One of a kind marble sculpture.

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The Guardian was inspired and created as a tribute to the 2004 exhibit Legacy from Our Mothers: Indian Basketry of San Diego County at the Barona Cultural Center Museum in partnership with the San Diego Museum of Man. It was believed a rattlesnake design weaved into the basket would protect food from mice.

First analyzing the volume of the stone, Lon then visualizes how his composition will fit into it. The result is a breathtaking one-of-a-kind masterpiece that gives new meaning to the phrase “set in stone”. What is so amazing about Lon’s sculptures is that often times, people mistake his work as separate pieces, fastened together or placed on top or beside one another. In actuality, Lon sculpts from a single piece of marble or stone. Time to time, Lon will place precious stones within the sculpture for minor accents but for the most part…what the admirer sees is entirely one work of art.

Lon Etzel grew up in California’s Santa Ynez Valley spending most of his time running wild outdoors. Lon often kept tarantulas, rattlesnakes, and other unusual pets. Growing up he participated in Indian Guides and 4H, and spent many hours playing with clay, cutting firewood, hiking, bicycling and riding off-road motorcycles. Lon attended Santa Barbara City College and University California Santa Barbara for seven years, and truly enjoyed his education, for it was there his passion for sculpting arose. Lon has been a resident of Wyoming and has homes near Jackson Hole and Cheyenne. Lon loves travel, listening to people talk, and learning about cultures and history. He has spent time travelling in Alaska, Australia, and Italy with his father, Sweden with his wife Eva, and months wandering Israel and Egypt. Reading, self-education, sculpting, spending time sculpting his garden and doing landscaping projects for clients, and enjoying time with son Mason and family are his favorite pastimes today.

In 2005 Lon Etzel participated in the following art exhibitions:

  • 48th International Art Exhibition at the Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park,
    hosted by the San Diego Art Institute. Out of 1388 entries, 95 pieces from six countries were accepted

  • San Diego Fair Fine Art Exhibition, June 10 – July 4
    Lon received two awards, and performed hands-on public demonstrations on June 21 & July 3

  • California State Fair Fine Art Exhibition in Sacramento, July 22 – September 6
    Lon received an award in the three dimensional Western division

  • “The Americans” Art Exhibit at 817 Keniston Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90005, July 17

  • Judith Hale Gallery of Fine Art, Los Olivos CA, demonstrating at Holiday Art Show, November 25-27

Lon has exhibited in Jackson Hole WY, Alpine WY, San Diego CA, Ventura CA, Carmel CA, Morrow Bay CA, Santa Ynez CA, and two galleries in Los Olivos CA.

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