Thirteen year-old Sammy Hefley has lived in Santa
Ynez Valley horse country most of her life. As early as preschool, Sammy
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 »
by Sammy Hefley
by Sammy Hefley
x 9" x 6" on marble base.
Edition of 15
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
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
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
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
Recently, Sammy has been staying up way past
her bedtime capturing the many moods of her friends in her portrait
and sketching diaries.
mostly self-taught artist has finally enrolled in her first formal
art course as a Santa Ynez Valley High School freshman where she will
exposed to many different mediums in art.