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"Forest Spirits"
"Edgar"
"Lakota Effigy Vessel"
"Anticipation, II"
16"h x 5"w x 11"l
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent polychrome patina.
AP/4 
Edition of 35



8"h x 5"w x 20"l
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent polychrome patina.
AP/4  Edition 35

17.5"h x 6.5"w
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent polychrome patina.
AP/4   Edition of 25


Bronze sculpture by Sedona artist, Deanne McKeown. Some pieces are created in editions while others are unique castings. Editions are signed and numbered. Please inquire concerning availability, detailed images and/or shipping information. Each sculpture is accompanied by detailed provenence, artist's statement and biography, and care instructions.
"Close Encounter"
  "Forest Spirits" speaks of a time in human history when people lived close to the earth, attuned to the cycle of  seasons and in commune with  the plants and animals who shared their environment. This young Celtic girl in the springtime of life would have matriculated a rite of passage and been accepted as a woman by her clan.
  She wears oak leaves in her hair, a symbol of the  oak tree, held sacred by the ancient druids.  A raven sits atop her shoulder, a messenger between mortals and the spirits. A second edition of this piece features a Celtic knot work ring in the raven's beak, a symbol of unity and eternity.

"Best of Show Award" Sedona Arts Center Member's Show, 2005
"Spring Fever"
   Everyone feels at least some sense of joy and renewal when spring rolls around each year. These desert critters have come through the winter with more than a little pent-up energy that just has to be expressed.
     This sculpture is part of a series of miniatures based on the wild creatures of  my home in the high desert wilderness surrounding Sedona.
13"h x 6.5"l x 5"w
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina.
AP/4   Edition 25
   A pair of bronze ravens are mounted on a large stone in our front yard. For a time after they took up residence there, wild ravens gathered now and then in a nearby apple tree. They curiously waited to hear what these new girls on the block might have to say, but have long since found the two silent newcomers all too boring.
   So...I created a third individual, one who is caught in the act of gathering nesting material. What wild bachelor raven could possibly resist heckling a newly mated father-to-be, bent on a course of obedient domesticity?
   This raven is life-size and designed for outdoor display. It lends itself very well to mounting on a wall or deck railing or possibly on a stone plinth with the application of a name or house number. This image shows an example of basing for indoor display.
"First Prize, Sculpture", American Academy of Women Artists Exhibition,
Mill Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico,  2006
   The Indian tribes of the Great Plains believed that invisible presences existed which could be contacted to bring harmony into their lives. Through vision quests they sought to bring the supernatural and natural worlds into close contact. During a vision quest, the individual experienced a higher level of consciousness and would be visited by an animal spirit who then became his spirit guide throughout life. The animal helper carried petitions and prayers to the Great Spirit and was the embodiment of personal power.
   Among the Lakota Sioux the raven was a potent spirit guide -- mummified birds were wrapped in ceremonial red flannel strips and placed with other meaningful symbols in a personal medicine bag.
     The most recent castings of this piece includes handles near the top on each side which are embellished with beads and black feathers.
   "Edgar" rests serenely on a beautiful leather bound edition of the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe. The branch and raven are not attached to the Poe volume in order that the book can be opened and read.
   A smaller version of this piece is also available. It depicts a small calling raven on a branch and rests on a pocket book of Poe's works.
8"h x 6.5"w x 10" l
Open Edition
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina  
   Have you ever worn a red hat or scarf and been startled by the whir of a diving hummingbird, come to investigate if you are food or friend?
   Through eons of conditioning these wee, beautiful creatures are drawn to shades of crimson like steel to a magnet. No matter that the "flower" is hat shaped and sits atop a being that would otherwise be considered threatening. The implicit promise of that wonderful red is irresistible.
    To encounter a hummingbird hovering inches before your eyes is a rare blessing, too soon ended, and always remembered.
17.5"h x .10"l x 9"w
Cast in bronze and finished in a polychrome semi-transparent patina.
Free standing, no base.


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"On the Cusp of Magic"
  This piece was inspired by a visit to a  12th century churchyard on the remote island of Inis Meain, one of three Aran Isles off the western coast of Ireland. The church itself is a primitive oratory - a tiny structure built entirely of stacked stone. The gravestones are for the most part, laid flat on the earth and covered with lichens, their inscriptions nearly worn away by time and fierce Atlantic winds.
  In the midst of this fascinating jumble of historic stones is a large round slab with a void carved in the center. Upon further research, we discovered it was a symbol that reaches far back in time. The ancient Celts believed that such stones had healing properties and were also windows on the Otherworld, that by looking through one might glimpse eternity.
  I have combined this symbol with ravens, a bird that is thought to have magical abilities in many cultures throughout the world. In Celtic mythology ravens are powerful symbols and are strongly associated with magic.

19"w x 24"h x 9"l
AP/4   Edition of 35
Cast in bronze and finished in a polychrome
semi-transparent patina.
Bases vary but are usually Arizona juniper or walnut.

8"h x 6.5"w x 10" l  Edition Closed
1 casting remaining
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina  
"Bearback Riders"
A photograph in National Geographic showing a black bear sow with cubs hitching a ride on her back was the inspiration for this sculpture.  We are fortunate to have a wildlife park near Sedona where I was able to observe our native black bears roaming in a natural habitat. In addition there were five cubs in an enclosure where I could observe them at play and in various positions. What a treat!
9.5"h x 11"l x  9"w
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina.
AP/4   Edition 35
"Horsefeathers"
  While driving home from Sedona a friend of mine noticed a raven sitting atop a horse, plucking winter hair to line a springtime nest. Knowing my love of ravens, she stopped her car and took a photograph that became the inspiration for this sculpture. Apparently there are few limits to raven behavior, and I look forward to the next examples.
13"h x 9"l x  7"w
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina.
AP/4   Edition 35
"Harbinger"
  This piece represents the raven's place in symbology - that of a messenger of portent and a link between the spirit world and the world of man.
13"h x 10"l x  6"w
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi-transparent polychrome patina.
AP/4   Edition 35
15"h x 21"w x 11.5"l
Cast in bronze and finished in a semi- transparent polychrome patina.
Unique Casting


  "Lift Off" is my most recent piece, completed in January of 2016. It was featured in the Sedona Arts Center Member's Exhibition in March of this year. It features a Gambel quail taking flight, supported by iris leaves. The most interesting part for me in creating this piece was working with dental wax to model an iris in full bloom. This wax is highly malleable, perfect for creating the ruffled edges of the blossom.
"Lift Off"