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Sammy Hefley

Thirteen year-old Sammy Hefley has lived in Santa Ynez Valley horse country most of her life. As early as preschool, Sammy showed an intense interest in art, drawing her teacher’s favorite tigers and other animals. At five, she created a scene with search dogs from the Oklahoma City bombing, now part of their rotating memorial artwork. More »

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Going My Way?
by Sammy Hefley

Marble base
Bronze, limited edition

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Untamed Glory
by Sammy Hefley

11" x 9" x 6" on marble base.
Edition of 15

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At age seven, Sammy began riding horses. Soon she was reading every horse book she could get her hands on. Not surprising, her artwork was almost exclusively horses. At nine, Sammy graduated from crayon and markers to oil pastels. After she won “Best of Best” at the Santa Barbara County Fair for her prancing horse in oil pastel, she began experimenting with acrylics and oil paints.

Following a one-day Laurie Breechen-Ballard horse sculpture workshop Sammy became interested in clay sculpting. During the next 18 months, she worked and reworked the sculpture she started during the workshop. The image was transformed from a quarter horse to an Arabian, as she switched the horses that she rode. She changed the mane, tail, and pose of the sculpture more times than she can count. Her horse anatomy books and Breyer horse collection were her study tools, as she attempted to get the muscle structure and proportions exactly right.

During one of the later gallery shows, a passing couple was so impressed by her work they offered to sponsor having her sculpture cast in a limited edition bronze. The transforming clay horse image is now a final release as the limited edition bronze, "Untamed Glory".

"Going My Way?" is Sammy's newest bronze featuring a Western horse on a rich marble base and is now also available as a limited edition.

Recently, Sammy has been staying up way past her bedtime capturing the many moods of her friends in her portrait and sketching diaries. This mostly self-taught artist has finally enrolled in her first formal art course as a Santa Ynez Valley High School freshman where she will be exposed to many different mediums in art.

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