Two Points of View


21 X 27
26 X 32 Framed
Oil on Linen

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Veryl Goodnight and her husband, Roger Brooks, live in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. The dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife, and the ranching community provide endless inspiration for both sculpture and painting.

The essence of Veryl’s work is a result of working from life. Her studio is at the end of the horse barn and includes a “model run” to the west and an overhead door between the studio and the barn aisle to assist with large sculptures. Veryl is spending more and more time painting and her art studio provides uninterrupted views and frequent wildlife sightings out of every window.

Veryl has monumental sculptures across the United States and in Europe and Japan. The most notable is “The Day The Wall Came Down,” a 14,000 pound bronze sculpture consisting of five larger than life size horses jumping over the fallen Berlin Wall. The United States Air Force flew this monument to Berlin, Germany in 1998 on the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlfit, where it was installed in the Allied Museum. A sister casting is at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas. In November 2019 a maquette of this sculptures was unveiled at the U. S. Air Force Academy. This maquette joins already installed sister maquette castings at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Veryl’s work has been profiled in several books and her work has been featured in all major American art magazines. For years Veryl has exhibited in prestigious museum shows such as the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, the Eitelgorg Museum in Indianaoplis, the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma City, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Worth and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole.

Veryl is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a member of the Society of Animal Artists. In 2016 Veryl was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Not by being a cowgirl but for her decades long representation of the American West in art.

Veryl and her husband live outside the small mountain town of Mancos, Colorado. They have a ranch that includes horses, a donkey and a team of sled dogs that Veryl has trained herself. Veryl now spends more of her time oil painting than sculpting. The quiet serenity of Veryl’s environment allows her to concentrate on what she does best, create art. Veryl’s great enthusiasm about life and art mirrors the title of her art book. With Veryl there is “No Turning Back.”

Veryl Goodnight Painting, Oil on Linen 21 X 27 (Interest categories: Oil on Linen, Flight, Wildlife, Painting, Wildlife Art, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Veryl Goodnight Artist)

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Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

1 Lake Circle Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906