In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition
About Walter Matia
Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Much of his training was attained during a long apprenticeship in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
After leaving the Cleveland Museum, Walter worked for eleven years with the Nature Conservancy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and unique habitats. He served as the organization’s vice president in charge of land management.
He began casting bronze sculptures in 1980. Initially, he concentrated on bird life, over the years he has worked on sporting dogs and other mammals. In 1987 he began a series of large fountain and garden pieces. In 1989 the Blair House Restoration Committee placed one of his fountains in the formal garden of the United States President’s Guest House. To complement the fountain, Walter produced a bronze wall frieze for the Blair House in 1992.
Soprano and March Madness Blackbirds
10 x 25 x 7 each
Some birds are about what they look like, some birds are about what they sound like and some birds are about when and where you see them. Yellow headed blackbirds are the whole package. Strikingly beautiful, with an easily identified call and so welcome a messenger to the end of the long Western winter.
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The Talk of the Town
29 x 29
Turkey Bas Relief.
The Once and Future Kings
With an apology to T.H. White for borrowing this title; it seemed natural to pair these iconic images of the West, the Raven and the Bison. Their size, their place in history, myth and the beautiful textures of feather and bone added to the pleasure of modeling this work.
Bobwhite Quail and Corn Wall Mount
15 x 38 x 10
The pursuit of the Bobwhite has frustrated many a man and dog but never wasted their days.