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“U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument”

Although other war dog memorials have been created, none have the distinction of being elevated to the status of a National Monument. The process for this National designation took many years. The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument needed to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and was then signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008. The law was then amended by President Barack Obama in 2009, authorizing the John Burnam Monument Foundation to design, build and maintain the National Monument. Slater was selected to sculpt all seven of the complex monumental sculptures for the Monument because of her professionalism, her impressive body of sculptural work and her attention to detail. When Slater was questioned as to whether she felt the pressure of sculpting this huge commission? She responded, “I do feel the weight of these kinds of large historic projects, literally there are thousands of pounds of bronze sitting out there, but figuratively, all of us who were involved with this National Monument have felt the weight of it. We wanted to get it right, to bring our greatest talents to bear.  We all knew what it meant, what it stood for–this is […]

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‘The Ascent Of Heroism’ Veterans Memorial

THE ASCENT OF HEROISM A swirl of wings and feathers gently guides our fallen heroes home. As they are greeted with Love upon their ascent, may their sacrifice never be forgotten. Paula Slater, Sculptor   This elegant and complex bronze stands 11-1/2’ high on its granite base under the outdoor sun surrounded by trees and a gorgeous 360 degree hilltop view. ‘The Ascent of Heroism’ includes seven high and low relief figures swept up in a swirl of wings and feathers. It was installed upon a 5’ high solid granite base in the center of a Veterans Circle at Grandview Cemetery in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Mike Hurm wanted to commission Slater to sculpt a custom veterans’ memorial bronze sculpture but did not know exactly how it should look. Slater asked him what war the sculpture should represent. Then he explained that the location for the sculpture was a veterans’ circle where American soldiers from the Revolutionary War through to the Iraq War were laid to rest. Rather than sculpt a soldier or two, Slater asked her client if he was open to something more creative and she would get back to him with a design sketch. He very much wanted to see what […]

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“In Sacred Union” Lincoln Monument

Over 70 professional sculptors and sculptor teams nationwide submitted qualifications for this important public commission. The field was then narrowed to 20 semi-finalists and then down to 5 finalists. Slater was honored to be chosen to sculpt the monumental 10’ high full-figure Lincoln portrait. The elegant site-plan designed by Brad Bourgoyne tells the fascinating story of Lincoln’s search for his parent’s marriage bond.  A bronze plaque with the timeline is installed on the back of the 6’ high granite base and bronze copy of the actual marriage bond graces the front of the base. Slater sculpted this version of Lincoln without his beard because he visited Kentucky in 1858 in search of the bond, but did not start growing a beard until November of 1860. During his political campaigns and life as President, Lincoln was dogged with vicious rumors by his political rivals that his parents had never been legally married. Lincoln searched in vain for the marriage bond, especially in Elizabethtown where he thought his parents had been married. Lincoln went to his grave not knowing if the marriage bond existed.  A friend of Lincoln’s continued the search after Lincoln’s death and found it in the Springfield, Kentucky Courthouse.  Now the bronze […]

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“Steven Stayner Missing Children’s Memorial”

In 1972, 7 year old Steven Stayner was kidnapped on his way home from school.  For seven years he was held captive by a man who routinely abused him. In 1980, the same man kidnapped another child, 5 year old Timothy White. Steven, then nearly 15, bravely managed to escape with Timothy to a local police station, from which both boys were returned home. Steven devoted much of his time upon returning home to telling his story, teaching parents, children and a whole nation how to protect themselves from what had happened to him.  His story is told in the movie “I Know My First Name Is Steven”. In 1989, Steven was killed in a motorcycle accident, leaving behind a wife and two young children. Timothy White became a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy, and in 2010 died of a pulmonary embolism, also leaving behind a wife and two young children. Slater was selected from many competing sculptors to sculpt the life size full-figure portraits of Steven Stayner and little Timothy White. She produced a sensitive design sketch of Steven leading Timothy by the hand to safety. She named the sculptural design, “Coming Home” and it was unanimously approved by the […]

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“Come Unto Me”, Risen Christ

Slater was commissioned to sculpt an over life size full-figure Risen Christ for a 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Florida.  Based on her design sketch, the 6’5″ Christ figure floats up above his robes and is installed upon a two foot high granite base, making the overall height of the piece almost 8-1/2’ high. The elaborately robed figure is a very complex sculpture that took Slater many months to complete. These kinds of intricate sculptures are referred to as “not foundry friendly” because they required a tremendous amount of work to mold, to cast, to weld and then to finely finish. However, the result is truly a very fine art sculpture created in the style of the old masters. The glowing bronze was placed above a pond between two fountains at the entrance to Orlando’s lovely Memorial Prayer Gardens.   “Come unto me all ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest….”

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“General Vang Pao Monument”

Paragraph Description:  The goal of this project was to create a world class public Monument to General Vang Pao (GVP) who was commander for United States CIA covert operations in Laos during the Vietnam War. GVP lead the Hmong to rescue downed American pilots, provide intelligence and disrupt the flow of weapons and supplies into Vietnam.  Former Director of the CIA, William Colby, acknowledged General Vang Pao as “the biggest hero of the Vietnam War.” After the War and once resettled in America, the General dedicated the rest of his long life to work on behalf of the Hmong. Slater’s clients proposed an over life size full-figure bronze portrait of a youthful GVP in military uniform, but were open to her design suggestions and whatever other components she felt were needed. In his life’s work, General Pao became known as the “Father of the Hmong people”, and since there were already a few other portraits of the young GVP in uniform, Slater instead drew sketches of a 10’ high portrait of GVP, the civil servant and statesman, in his later years. She also included the installation of three very large 52” high by 44” wide informational bronze relief panels on […]

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“Port Huron Mining Monument”

The life-like bronze of a miner with pic-axe in one hand and lunch pail in the other looks out over the inspiring blue waters of Lake Huron.  It graces the middle of a beautiful park created in Michigan to memorialize the twenty-two miners who perished in the tragic 1971 Port Huron water tunnel explosion. The names of the twenty-two miners lost to this terrible accident are engraved upon the 5’ high solid granite pedestal. Over 350 people attended the dedication along with the Coast Guard, the Red Cross and the 1971 Fire and Rescue workers. The Honor Guard placed a wreath by the sculpture, there was a 21 Gun Salute and Memorial Taps were played. The Memorial has since been designated a Michigan State Landmark. The accident, one of the worst in state history, was blamed on poor ventilation and poor communication between contractors–the drillers had no idea that men were working in the tunnel. The explosion was caused by drillers on a platform in Lake Huron who bored through the tunnel’s concrete liner while men were still in the tunnel. A spark ignited a pocket of methane, causing a blast that hurled men and heavy machinery along the tunnel. […]

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Religious Temple Sculpture

Slater’s latest Monumental Bronze Sculpture is currently being finished by the bronze foundry. The ornately costumed Hmong Priestess is seated in an elaborately designed thrown (constructed by Slater’s husband, master woodworker and mold maker Chris Slater). The Priestess will be seated with her feet in a large bronze bowl partially filled with water, a tradition in keeping with the Laotian high mountain religion. The completed sculpture will be given a lustrous golden patina and installed in a temple to be built in Yuba County, California. The portrait sculpture was commissioned by a Hmong Church.This religion honors the Mother and Mother Earth. Their spirituality is to love one another and love our Mother Earth. “Our Mother places her right hand over her left hand on her chest to symbolize her love for nature, all living things, and human beings.”  The molds have been made, all the many bronze pieces have been cast and are now being assembled and welded together. Next, the bronze chair and portrait figure will both be finely finished in preparation for a lustrous golden patina.

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George Bergeron Memorial

Slater was awarded the great honor of sculpting the life size, full figure portrait of George Bergeron seated on a motorized scooter.  Mr. Bergeron was beloved by many and was the head of the MS Society in Windsor, Canada.  The beautifully finished bronze portrait was installed in the George Bergeron Healing Garden located on the beautiful Riverfront Trail in Windsor. Mr. Bergeron developed MS when he was 34 years of age and was a great proponent of staying active and mobile. He was a tremendous inspiration who touched so many lives with his personal courage and positive outlook. Phase I Paula Slater & Doug Bergeron This is a perfect picture to explain how “a thought/idea” can become a “reality”! The Winsor MS Chapter wanted to do something special in memory of George Bergeron and to give many thanks to Doug & Sandra Bergeron for their most generous gift of One Million Dollars to the MS Society of Canada (50% for Research & 50% to be used by the Windsor-Essex Chapter for special programs), over a 10 year period. This is when the idea of a “Healing Garden” was thought to be appropriate since George loved gardening! We had tossed the idea around […]

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“General G. C. Graziani”

Life size bronze portrait of General Giulio Cesare Graziani in his younger years when he was Italian Air Force Pilot. Graziani cooperated with the U.S. Air Force during WWII. A book was written about this heroic ace pilot who flew over 100 value missions. He became a highly decorated war hero who rose through the ranks to become Brigadier General and was later promoted to General of the Italian Air Force. Slater sculpted the highly detailed life size full-figure portrait of Graziani, oversaw the mold and bronze process and then shipped the bronze to the Museum in Rome. Slater was informed that there were a few other bronze portrait busts in the Museum however, this would be the only full-figure bronze portrait, which would make it an impressive attraction. It was installed next to the actual plane flown in WWII by Graziani. Slater strived to capture every little detail of the authentic clothing and the portrait of this WWII hero. General Graziani’s son was very gracious and supplied many vintage photographs of his father from WWII. Slater emailed her client many in-progress photographs as the clay portrait and the bronze casting progressed. He and the Museum were able to give […]

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“Not Forgotten Fountain”

When John Burnam, president of the John Burnam Monument Foundation, contacted Slater in 2008 about possibly sculpting the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument project, she was greatly enthused. However, when John related to me the story of all the military working dogs that were left behind in Vietnam, Slater says her heart broke. Thousands of military working dogs were crated and ready to be air lifted to safety at the end of the Vietnam War, only to be downgraded to non-essential equipment and left on the tarmac. Hearing this story touched her deeply and she says she knew this was a project she was meant to sculpt.  Slater says brought all the emotion and skill she had as a sculptor to these heroic figures. JBMF President, John Burnam also decided to have a working fountain added to the National Monument. He had the very creative idea of a dog handler sitting crossed legged pouring water from his canteen into his helmet, which is how Vietnam War era handlers provide drinking water for their military dog partners. Slater was asked to sketch several fountain concepts to present to Dave and Cheryl Duffield, who had contributed funding for the massive […]

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Life is a Journey

This sculptural project was for a Designer home which was built by Desert Dreams in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Slater’s client chose the name, ‘Life is a Journey, for the theme of the home.  The finished realistic and highly detailed life-size portrait bronze sculptures were installed in October, 2001 and are in a lovely meditation garden. The Portrait sculptures are under-lit and viewable through the many walls of windows in this elegant Santa Barbara styled Mediterranean home. The builder wanted a life-size bronze sculpture of a grandfatherly type figure with a grandson figure that represented their inspiring theme. Slater drew five concept sketches and presented her client with these different designs. He chose her favorite one, which is an uplifting image of a little bird taking flight from the fingertips of the grandson while his grandfather kneels by his side. Slater and her client hopes the viewer of these sculptures will share this loving moment with an appreciation for nature and the journey of life.    

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Monumental ‘Faeries in Waiting’

This stunning whimsical bronze is a monumental version of the 30” high ‘Faeries in Waiting’ bronze from Slater’s Royal Faerie Bronze Series. (Please see Limited Edition Bronze in the Sculpture Dropdown Menu to see Slater’s other sculptural designs in this series).   “While walking through a meadow did you catch a glimpse of her from the corner of your eye? With jeweled wings and faeries in waiting, the Royal Faerie Princess lightly tiptoes across a lily pond, reveling in the light of a brilliant new dawn….” Paula Slater

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Link Piazzo, WWII Air Force Pilot Captain

Slater was awarded the honor of sculpting a life size full-figure portrait of Reno philanthropist Link Piazzo as he looked when he was a WWII Army Air Corps Pilot Captain. He flew 67 missions, and was awarded 14 metals for his service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross award. Slater’s first meeting with Link was in his upstairs office above his Sporting Goods Store. Though born in 1918 and 88 years of age at that time, Link was eager to show Slater many of his awards and Sporting Goods memorabilia. He had autographed photos of himself with some of professional sport celebrity greats throughout the years. Slater was immediately impressed with Link’s clarity of mind and infectious spirit as he related story after story of his full to overflowing life. When it came to talking about how he wanted to remember in bronze, Link was adamant that he wanted a realistic sculptural portrait of himself as he looked during WWII. He said, “I don’t want to be remembered as an old guy. What the fun in that!” Slater paid great attention to all the little details of Piazzo’s portrait and to the accuracy of his full uniform. The finely finished life size bronze […]

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Del Hilliard Bronze Memorial

Del Hilliard suffered from Muscular Dystrophy but he did not let that stop him from getting the most out of life.  He was actively engaged in several sports including the Special Olympics and the Torch Run—winning many trophies. Del was also a very loyal fan of the Hooks minor league baseball team. He was such a regular at the Whataburger Field Stadium games that everyone recognized and knew him by name. Bob Hilliard, a prominent Texas attorney, contacted Slater after his brother Del passed away to commission a life size full-figure sculpture of Del. The Hilliard family supplied Slater with many photographs of Del from which to work and was so pleased with the completed portrait that they ordered two bronze castings. The first bronze casting was installed at the Hilliard Home in Corpus Christie and the second casting of Del’s bronze portrait was installed upon a granite base at Whataburger Field Baseball Stadium. The unveiling and dedication of his bronze statue was attended by many people who knew him as a regular at the stadium and by his many friends and loving family.

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Neil Armstrong

Slater proposed a portrait bronze sculpture of Neil Armstrong (first man to walk on the Moon) as he looked when he was a student attending Purdue University. She designed a monument with Armstrong standing tall, looking to the stars as he walks up a granite base which echoed the shape of the new Armstrong Hall of Engineering building being built at Purdue University. The three bronze relief panels on the base detail Armstrong’s illustrious career. Original concept sketches and design by Slater, graphic illustrations by Brad Bourgoyne.    

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Ever Changing Works In-Progress

Surprise Gift to an Attorney from his wife, Denise: Slater received the testimonial above from her client who is the wife of the gentleman she just completed sculpting. He is a well-known attorney, who for the present moment shall remain nameless because this is a surprise gift from his wife. The life size clay portrait bust has been completed, approved by the client, and the molds have been made. Now it is going through the complex foundry process and it will become a very dynamic portrait cast in bronze with a warm glowing patina. Glamorous Lucille Ball during her Modeling days: People were unhappy with a bronze statue of Lucy located in Celeron, New York, dubbed “Scary Lucy” (created by another sculptor) so Slater chose to sculpt a beautiful Lucille Ball for her private collection. Slater says that if she were to sculpt a public statue of Lucy it would be the comedic ‘I Love Lucy’ that is so widely recognizable. But this life size portrait bust is a tribute to the “Glamorous Lucille Ball” from a compilation of her modeling, pre-series glamour shots. Slater wanted to capture that dreamy faraway look Lucy had in many of those elegant photographs.  […]

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Young Lincoln

This concept design and graphics were created by Brad Bourgoyne with Paula Slater named as sculptor and leader of the team. Slater and Bourgoyne were top three finalists with this proposal with over 70 sculptor teams entered in the competition.

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Mike

Slater received the testimonial above from her client who is the wife of the gentleman she just completed sculpting. He is a well-known attorney, who for the present moment shall remain nameless because this is a surprise gift from his wife. The life size clay portrait bust has been completed, approved by the client, and the molds have been made. Now it is going through the complex foundry process and it will become a very dynamic portrait cast in bronze with a warm glowing patina.

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Firefighter Memorial

Fire, Water, Earth, Air We propose an inspired design that manifests the humanity of dedicated firefighters engaged in a perpetual struggle with the elemental forces that both imperil and save lives. Creating a dramatically heroic image coupled with an intimately contemplative space, this design would be a landmark memorial that would stand in testament to the enduring vigilance of Firefighters. Concept Design and Graphic Illustration by Brad Bourgoyne with Slater as Sculptor and leader of the team. Slater and Bourgoyne were named top two finalists with over 75 sculpture teams competing for this project.

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Lucy

People were unhappy with a bronze statue of Lucy located in Celeron, New York, dubbed “Scary Lucy” (created by another sculptor) so Slater chose to sculpt a beautiful Lucille Ball for her private collection. Slater says that if she were to sculpt a public statue of Lucy it would be the comedic ‘I Love Lucy’ that is so widely recognizable. But this life size portrait bust is a tribute to the “Glamorous Lucille Ball” from a compilation of her modeling, pre-series glamour shots. Slater wanted to capture that dreamy faraway look Lucy had in many of those elegant photographs.  As one gentleman commented, “I wonder if Lucy realized just how beautiful she was?”

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Monumental Temple Sculpture

Please see Public Monuments and Memorials for more photographs and information about this monumental sculpture. The clay and wood sculpture has been completed, approved by the clients and the foundry has cast the many bronze parts that make up this sculpture. It is now being polished to a high shine in preparation for a stunning golden patina.

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Master Chief William Charette

Charette served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years as a hospital Corpsman during the Korean War. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 for his tremendous heroism above and beyond the call of duty. He was also awarded the great honor of making the final selection of the World War II Unknown Soldier, now buried in Arlington National Cemetery. During an intense battle when his platoon was overrun by North Korean soldiers, an enemy grenade landed near Charette and a badly wounded Marine he was aiding. He placed himself on top of the Marine in order to shield him from the explosion, and in so doing, the grenade’s blast tore off Charette’s helmet, destroyed his medical bag and knocked him unconscious. When he awoke, he found his face bleeding from shrapnel wounds and he couldn’t see. He recovered enough to continue to aid Marines in the battle using torn parts of his uniform to dress wounds. In another instance, he removed his battle vest and placed it on another wounded Marine whose vest was destroyed from another explosion. In yet another instance, he attended to five Marines who were wounded in […]

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Blink Fine Art Catalogue

April 21st is the distribution date for the 2017 Blink Fine Art Catalogue. A selection of Slater’s Bronze Portrait Busts and Public Monuments will be featured in a two page spread. Blink produces a large catalogue with each page measuring 9” wide by 11” high and all photographs are in full color.

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Royal Baby Elephant

The Royal Baby Elephant bronze by Paula Slater was cast in a very small limited edition.  Senator Hillary Clinton acquired one of these beautiful bronzes when she was still First Lady for her personal art collection.  This elegant bronze is 14″ tall by 15-1/2″ long.   A client commissioned this clay model replica (35% the size of the original) of a 400 year old ebony and ivory elephant previously owned by the Maharajah of Kapurthala.  Its history is long and very interesting. The elephant stood beside the throne in the Raja Palace in Kapurthala for hundreds of years.  The palace itself was built in the year 1100AD, and is a stone turreted monument to a lost time in India’s history.  During a Sepay revolution in the 1800’s the palace was invaded and the ebony elephant hacked open by rebels looking for the Maharajah’s crown jewels believed to be hidden inside (a very huge ruby once crowned its left temple).  When the Raja’s family regained control, the elephant was restored.  Many people of India believe in a mystical power contained within the ancient elephant.  This beautifully stylistic elephant was given as a gift from India to the American Ambassador to India in the early 1950’s.  My client […]

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Lincoln Monument Design

Slater and Brad Bourgoyne competed against 75 sculptor teams and were named  top 20 finalists, then top 5 finalists and then they were awarded the commission for the Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Kentucky. Brad Bourgoyne created the design concept and the graphics for this project and Slater was the sculptor and leader of the team.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

The in-progress clay sculpture below by Paula Slater was the model for the life size Rhodesian Ridgeback bronze which was cast in a limited edition.  The client wanted to commemorate the lives of her two very precious Ridgebacks.  The first of this limited edition will be placed in a private enclosed garden, a peaceful resting place.

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“President Lincoln”

Life size clay portrait of an older version of Lincoln after he had grown his trademark whiskers, but before the ravages of war had taken such a terrible toll on his face. This bust in bronze was acquired by the Lincoln Legacy Museum in Springfield, Kentucky. This highly detailed portrait bust with the attached bronze base is 26″ in height and is now available in bronze in a limited edition of 25 (email or phone for pricing).

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“French Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis”

Slater was commissioned by the Roman Catholic Diocese in France to sculpt a life size bronze portrait of Archbishop Dubuis. This beautiful portrait is of Dubuis in his younger days as a priest in Galveston, Texas from 1862 to 1892. Slater was given a very small fuzzy photograph of Dubuis and an impressionistic painting of him from which to work. As she sculpted the portrait of Dubuis in clay, high resolution in-progress photographs from many angles were emailed to her client. Her client in turn, shared these photographs with his clients, who were five French Nuns and their Bishop. As progress was being made, the Nuns found another photograph of Dubuis in his latter years when he was an Archbishop. Although he was much older than the portrait Slater was asked to sculpt, it was still very helpful and she was able to add much more beautiful detail to the portrait. Once the bust was cast in glowing bronze the Nuns and their Bishop so loved the portrait that they ordered an additional four castings to be installed in France in other hospitals named after Dubuis. The garments, cross and especially the neck chain worn by Dubuis required a great deal of fine detailing, […]

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“Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford”

The Edward de Vere Bronze Bust is a highly detailed portrait of the 17th Earl of Oxford. The exquisite detail of the unique clothing of the Elizabethan time period was meticulously captured by Slater’s amazing talent for sculpting ornate works of art. This stunning three-dimensional bronze bust brings the two-dimensional Welbeck painting to life. De Vere is considered by many to be the person who actually wrote all the plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare, but did so through another person–a commoner by the name of William Shakespeare who could not even write his own name. This secrecy by de Vere was done so, because in that time period (1550 to 1604) in England, it was not acceptable for an Earl to write plays, especially ones critical of the Royal Court. The movie, ‘Anonymous’ (2011) captures this story and depicts the relationship between these two men. A photograph of the de Vere Bronze Bust was printed on the cover of a book about de Vere, and photographs of the bust were used on three private ‘Earl 17’ wine labels (2011, 2012, and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignons by Mount Veeder Winery).

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“Congressman Ruben Hinojosa”

Slater was commission to sculpt a life size bronze portrait bust of Congressman Ruben Hinojosa for the University of Texas Pan-American.  It was first cast in white plaster for presentation at the Hectec Conference event at the University of Texas Pan American. The plaster bust was unveiled at the Hectec event with the Congressman, his wife, Martha, as well as, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Slater on stage. Nancy Pelosi was a keynote speaker at the dedication, as an audience of hundreds applauded the unveiling event. (Dr. Roland Arriola commissioned the portrait on very short notice, the bust was completed in bronze a couple of months after the unveiling event.) Congressman Hinojosa was a U.S. Representative for Texas’s 15th congressional district, serving 1997 to 2017. Hinojosa served on the House Financial Services and Education committees. He emphasized assisting minorities and low-income Americans gain access to higher education. He was especially active in supporting water-conservation projects along the Mexican border, and in replacing federal subsidies for student loans with direct government loans. Hinojosa and George Miller were responsible for constructing the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, which increased the maximum Pell Grants available to low-income students and authorized additional funding for […]

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“U.S. Congressman Bill Thomas”

Slater was asked to personally meet with Congressman Bill Thomas in Washington, D.C. (which also required they receive security clearance).  She and her husband visited the Congressman in his grand office overlooking the Washington Monument at the Capitol Building. Slater took photographs and caliper measurements of Thomas. While there, the Congressman asked his aide to show the Slater around the Capitol Building seeing many beautiful sculptures including the highly guarded gallery of marble Vice Presidential Busts on the Senate side of the Capitol. The Slaters were also taken to the upper loge seat gallery of the Congressional House floor while a vote was taking place. (There is a feeling one gets when in the midst of our Governmental leaders on Capitol Hill, and it is easy to see how so many young people gravitate to D.C. to take part in that energized political process.) After her visit with Congressman Thomas Slater sculpted his beautifully detailed life size clay portrait. When it was approved, molds were made and it was cast in bronze. The bronze portrait was custom crated and shipped to Bakersfield and installed in the new William Thomas Terminal at the International Airport. Congressman Thomas was a member of […]

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“Dr. Hildebrando Perico”

Herbert Perico contacted Slater for a commission to sculpt a 1.5 times life size portrait bust of his father who was the founder of Universidad EAN. The Perico family had first commissioned another sculptor but were so unhappy with the finished clay bust he created that they decided to not have that first bust cast in bronze, but to start fresh with another sculptor. They showed Slater photographs of the other sculptor’s attempt and she assured them she could do a much better job. When Slater had completed sculpting the portrait bust in clay, Dr. Hildebrando Perico’s wife travelled all the way from South America to see it in person. She loved the portrait and readily gave her approval for the molds to be made and the bronze casting process to proceed. After the bust was completed in bronze and given rich bronze patina, it was custom crated and flown to Bogota, Columbia, where it was installed in the new library of Universidad EAN.

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“Dr. James M. Slater”

Slater was commissioned to sculpt a life size bronze portrait bust of Dr. James Slater (no relation). Dr. Slater pioneered the groundbreaking use of Proton Therapy for the treatment of brain, lung and prostate cancers. This beautifully finished and expressive bronze bust was installed at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.

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Jimmy Jimmerson Bronze Bust

Slater was commissioned to sculpt a life size portrait bust of Jimmy Jimmerson, an attorney and principle founder of Jimmerson Law Firm in Las Vegas. Slater was supplied with photographs of Jimmerson at a slightly younger age. Slater sculpted the beautifully detailed bust and received approval from the many high resolution digital photographs she emailed to the client. The molds were made and the bust was cast in finely finished bronze with an exquisite patina. Slater’s husband supplied the finishing touch with a Master Art Pedestal. The famous Wayne Newton was Master of Ceremonies for a large and extravagant unveiling even to honor Mr. Jimmerson. Jimmerson has represented many high profile celebrities and sports figures. He is a former long-time member of the State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors and served as a lawyer representative to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conferences. He has been a Member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and has been selected to be in The Best Lawyers in America and Pre-Eminent Lawyers in Martingale-Hubbell. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Family Law […]

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“Neda Agha-Soltan, Angel of Freedom”

The second portrait bust of Neda with her hair uncovered, is the face on the other side of the coin. The first sculpture was a historical portrait of Neda ‘Angel of Iran’.  It showed a strong and proud Neda whose spirit could not be broken by an oppressive dictatorship under which she lived and died. However, Slater’s second portrait sculpture without the hijab (scarf) is of Neda ‘the Angel of Freedom’ and she is radiating the hope of her people for a free Iran. It is a more intimate portrait in which she was free to show her vulnerability and innocence. Slater started sculpting the first portrait of Neda when the only picture of Neda that was absolutely verified to be a photograph of her was the one where she is wearing the scarf. Due to the many requests Slater received asking that she sculpt a portrait of Neda in which she isn’t wearing the hejab (that women in Iran are forced to wear by the Islamic Regime) Slater then  sculpted a second portrait bust based on a lovely new photograph taken by Neda’s fiancée which had become available. Neda Agha-Soltan was a young Iranian woman who was shot in the heart by a government sniper while on her way to an […]

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Elmer Hemphill

Slater was contacted by Audrey Hemphill who wanted to commission a life size bronze bust of her husband Elmer. This was to be a surprise gift to celebrate his company’s 50 years in business. Audrey supplied Slater with photographs of Elmer and was thoroughly delighted with the finished portrait of her husband. Audrey also ordered a custom pedestal from Chris Slater to proudly display the bust in Elmer’s office.

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Frank Kiang Bronze Bust

Slater was awarded the commission to sculpt a life size portrait bust of Frank Kiang for installation in the new Asian Health Services. She was supplied with photographs and video of Mr. Kiang and in her research read about all the wonderful contributions of this generous philanthropist and businessman. Kiang was born in China and entered the U.S. at age 21. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his Ph.D. in economics at Oklahoma State University. He founded what is now Metropolitan Bank in 1981 and held the position of chief executive officer and chairman of the board at the time of his passing. He sought to raise the standing and visibility of Asian Americans through his activism in the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Asian American Bankers Association, and served his community as a member of both the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Board of Advisors (2000-2007) and the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners (1998-2006). Frank Kiang was and continues to be, a role model and inspiration to his family, friends, and community for his leadership, integrity and humanity.

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“Albert Hale Atwood”

Albert Hale Atwood had been co-founder of the Southern California Contractors Association and the Association wanted to honor Mr. Atwood by commissioning a memorial bust. Slater was supplied with photographs of Atwood from which to sculpt his portrait. She emailed in-process photographs of the clay sculpture to make certain everyone was on the “same page” as the portrait progressed. High resolution photographs were emailed to the clients upon the completion of the clay portrait and it received overwhelming approval to proceed with the molds and bronze casting process. This elegant bronze bust was custom crated and shipped to the Southern California Contractors Association headquarters for installation. Since its founding in 1974, the Southern California Contractors Association has advocated for the Construction Industry. With the home office located in the City of Orange, SCCA has developed a solid base consisting of over 300 members, specializing in heavy highway and civil engineering. Representing all union contractors across the 12 southern counties of Southern California where Signatory Contractors are paired with active and supporting Affiliate Companies, this makes the association the strongest all union association in Southern California. Atwood would be so proud to see his legacy continues.

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Marilyn Boyette

Marilyn Boyette was the chosen ‘Woman of the Century’ for Huntington Park for her many years of work for the City. She was elected City Clerk in 1976 and serving the city for 25 years in that position. She was also very active in the community, volunteering her time at several organizations, including the Salvation Army and YMCA among other groups. Slater was commissioned to sculpt a life size portrait bust of Boyette and was given photographs of her from a slightly younger age before her retirement. Boyette’s hair style had changed a little also, however Slater was able to sculpt a keen likeness of Marilyn and captured her lovely generous spirit in bronze. The portrait bust was installed in the Huntington Park City Hall and its unveiling was a great surprise to Marilyn. She and her family were thrilled with the bronze portrait and Marilyn was honored to be remembered by the City in such an impressive and lasting way.

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Ed Hedrick

Slater was contacted by Farina Hedrick to sculpt a life size portrait bust of her dearly departed husband, Ed Hedrick. Slater was supplied with photographs of Hedrick from which to sculpt the beautifully detailed portrait. Farina Hedrick traveled to Slater’s sculpture studio to view the completed clay bust and was so pleased, she burst into tears when she first saw the portrait. She gave approval for the molds to be made and the bust to be cast in bronze. When the bust was completed in bronze it was custom crated and shipped to Appling, Georgia and installed in the Ed Hedrick Memorial Museum. Following an afternoon round of Disc Golf, all of the tournament participants and guests were invited into the International Disc Golf Center clubhouse for the unveiling of the bronze bust of “Steady” Ed Headrick. Special guests, Farina Headrick and Josh Orzech were in attendance to represent the DGA, who commissioned the bust. The feeling inside the clubhouse was electric as Josh spoke about Ed and his contributions to the game and the PDGA. Following his inspiring words, Farina Headrick unveiled the bust to deafening applause before giving the bust a gentle kiss. “Steady” Ed touched the lives of millions […]

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Frank G. Bonelli

Frank G. Bonelli was chosen as ‘Man of the Century’ for Huntington Park. This memorial portrait was in gratitude by the City for Bonelli’s contributions as past Mayor of Huntington Park.  Slater was selected to sculpt this portrait bust of Bonelli and she was able to capture his wonderfully positive and infectious spirit. The bronze bust was installed in a place of honor in the Huntington Park City Hall. It was unveiled as a surprise to his delighted wife. The Bonelli family was overjoyed with this bronze portrait of their beloved husband, father and grandfather.

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Reverand Arthur Ginart Bronze Bust

Mike Ginart commissioned Slater to sculpt a life size memorial bronze bust of his uncle Reverend Ginart, also known as Father Red.  Father Arthur ‘Red’ Ginart had been a Pastor of St. Nicholas of Myra Church on Lake Catherine, New Orleans for 29 years. Neither Ginart nor his church survived Hurricane Katrina. Father Red, age 64, was very protective of his church and refused to leave it during the storm. The bronze portrait bust now sits in the left side altar of the newly rebuilt church. It is clothed in a stole Father Red wore that was found on site after the storm. Archbishop Aymond welcomed back and blessed standing-room-only crowd at St. Nicholas. He called the day an important and historic day in the life of this parish to celebrate and to lovingly remember their former pastor, Father Red, who “gave his life and literally lost his life caring for this flock” by staying inside the church in August 2005 during the “unwelcomed guest called Katrina that came and wouldn’t leave.”

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Henry Taub Bronze Bust

Slater was commissioned to sculpt a life size memorial portrait bust of Henry Taub. She was given photographs of Taub as he looked in middle age and photographs from his much later aged life. She was asked to interpret how he would have appeared in between these two ages. In all of these photographs he had a pleasant closed mouth smile. However, once the clay sculpture was completed, the family decided they wanted the portrait of Taub to have a broader smile with his teeth showing and they supplied Slater with a new photograph. Slater sculpted the additional edit and the clay bust was approved by the family and was ready for the mold and bronze casting process. In 1949, Taub founded Automatic Payrolls, Inc. (API), that company is now known as Automatic Data Process (ADP and is the leading provider of computerized payroll and benefits management services to employers in the U.S. Taub served as national president of the American Technion Society and chair of the Technion International Board of Governors from 1990 to 2003. Taub and his wife, Marilyn, spearheaded numerous Technion projects, including the Henry and Marilyn Taub and Family Science and Technology Center, ]a Technion campus […]

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Kelly Vaughn Bronze Portrait

When Leslie Vaughn phoned Slater about her father wanting to commission a bronze portrait bust of his granddaughter, Kelly, Slater was delighted.  Slater and Leslie were friends for many years and she had watched Leslie’s beautiful little girl become a child model. Slater enjoyed sculpting Kelly’s delicate little features in every detail. With the approval of the clay bust by Kelly’s parents and her grandfather, Slater proceeded with having the molds made and the portrait cast in a rich glowing bronze. Kelly is now a grown young woman and off to college, but this bronze portrait will always be treasured by her parents and grandfather as a visual memory of her as their adorable little girl.

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Asian Inspired Bronze Gallery

As you approach a Paula Slater Sculpture you are immediately filled with the sense of  East gracefully blending with West. Linger if you will, peering into the expressive eyes of each bronze. The profound influence of  Eastern spiritual philosophy and symbolism is clearly felt in this acclaimed Western sculptor’s sensitive work. Her sculptures exude affirmations of inner peace, connectedness, and the joy of  being in the moment.  

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Gentle Wisdom

This fine art bronze affirms the wisdom of age through a gentle spirit connection and a focused appreciation of the moment. $5,600. + shipping Please order directly from the artist.   This highly detailed fine art bronze affirms the wisdom of age through a gentle spirit connection and a focused appreciation of the moment.

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Kuan Yin: The Dance of Compassion

Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion, has universal appeal. This gentle Lady brings comfort and inner peace, no matter what the outer circumstances.   “….I smile and am silent, and even my soul remains quiet.  I live in the other world which no one owns.  The peach trees blossom.  The water flows.”      LiPo

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Royal Fairy Bronze Gallery

Paula Slater is one of the great sculptors of our time and is known for her masterful command of form and fine detailing.  Her highly talented use of poetic realism and pure expression captures the imagination.  Slater has  sculpted a series of dramatic and whimsical Royal Faeries which are offered in 30″ tall Limited Editions.  These Royal Faerie bronzes and fine art acrylic sculptures are elegant works of art, sculpted in exquisite detail and would compliment any gracious home or special garden.                        

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Faeries in Waiting

Faeries in Waiting was selected for the cover of national sculpture magazine, Sculpture Journal, November 2002 issue.  Jon White, the magazine’s Editor said, “A lot of sculpture has come across my desk over the years, but when I saw the gorgeous photographs of ‘Faeries in Waiting’, it knocked my socks off!”

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The Royal Butterfly Trainer

The Royal Butterfly Trainer is one with the butterflies, as if born to them.  With grace and purpose he guides a select few to perfected flight.  This is a loving art form,  not mere entertainment, for those so trained will lead the annual migrations.

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The Perfect Mask

“Lady Melissa and the Perfect Mask” is the third sculpture in the Royal Faerie series. She’s found the Perfect Mask so now she’s off to the Royal Faerie Masquerade Ball. The Ball is held on each Winter Solstice eve, when Royal Faeries gather to celebrate the beginning of longer days and the promise that soon all of nature will once again be on display.

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Orchid Empress Awakens

“Orchid Empress Awakens” is the fourth sculpture in the Royal Faerie series. As the first glints of sunrise glisten on beads of dew, Orchid Empress Awakens. She stretches to dry her wings in the amber light and exotic orchids and other such beauties follow her lead. Like a dance choreographed in slow motion these dazzling little wonders, guided by their Empress, greet the world with their splendor.

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