ED McBRIDE
Biography


Award winning artist, Ed McBride, a native of Northern Arizona, spent his early years hunting, fishing, and loving "The Great Outdoors." His deep appreciation of nature springs to life as his works gain definition. His creations are awe-inspiring as the viewer sees this man as one with his work. As a teenager, Ed moved to California where he met and eventually married his school sweetheart, Tammy. He continued to be inspired by nature as he hunted, worked as a precision welder, and cared for his family. Only later did he discover his "gift" as a sculptor.

Ed sees beauty as he transforms scrap metal into startlingly realistic sculptures. His career as a sculptor started by accident, evolving from a gift for a friend. The rest is history.

Sometimes Ed will start with a sketch of the desired outcome for his work. However. most of the time he sees his work evolving and growing through immediate inspiration in his mind's eye. He relies on his ability to draw from his observations of wildlife, specifically by paying particular attention to the anatomical details when bringing his steel sculptures to life A favorite comment came from a young boy viewing "Challenge from the Timber" (a 3/4 size bull elk); the boy said, "How did you get him to hold still while you dipped him?" While Ed is a serious artist, his sense of humor is finding it's way into some of his work. For example "Yer a Packer My Ass" takes an insulted animal's point of view as he looks back aghast at the poor job of packing his owner has done, the pack animal now caught in a web of tangled rope, antlers, and broken sawbuck.

Some of Ed's works lend themselves to bronze castings, others stay forever a steel original. In 1995, "Pourin' Bullets" and Crow "Hunting Grounds" became available as limited bronze editions. It is difficult to believe that Ed has only recently traded in his 15 year welding career to become a full-time artist.

Ed relaxes by painting with either oils or acrylics. Again he paints in the same ways that he sculpts, with the love of nature, wildlife, arid the delicate eye of a truly inspired artist. Painting relaxes those tense arm muscles that come from hammering and forging his large sculptured works. He has no lack of ideas for his living steel creations, one of which is a life-size grizzly bear.

Ed has extensive knowledge of metals and works with various kinds including steel and bronze. He finishes his pieces by hand with oils and waxes, watering and weathering each for a natural patina and coloration. Charles Russell's paintings of the old west are among Ed's favorites.


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