Sky Chief, No. 1, is a portrait of a horse that Bill Culverhouse used to own when he was an attorney. He was handling a divorce case and the two parties could not agree about who was going to get Sky Chief, their Tennessee walking horse. Bill settled the disagreement by offering to take Sky Chief as his fee for handling the divorce.
Sky Chief, No. 1, is the first of a series of horse portraits Culverhouse will be carving over the next several years. Sky Chief, No. 1, is alabaster.
size: 21.5 inches by 14.5 inches by 10 inches
date of completion 1999
The green stone from which Winter Grazing is carved looked like a buffalo the minute Bill Culverhouse saw it, but the stone was too small for him to carve the legs. Culverhouse mounted the green buffalo on white marble so that it looks like the buffalo grazing in the snow.
Neither the origin nor the composition of this green stone is known. It is possibly jadite because the stone is extremely hard and the sheen is natural.
While carving on a monumental sculpture in Negril, Jamaica, Bill became intrigued with the high cheekbones, strong jaw lines and intrinsic beauty of the Jamaican women. He began carving a series of 30 busts of from white marble, translucent alabaster and black soapstone.
In addition to the busts, Bill carved a full figure soapstone fountain in which a Jamaican woman holds over her head a bowl from which flows a figure-encasing veil of water.
Dimensions: 40 inches tall, 6 inches wide
Base: 20 inches square
Material: Soapstone (steatite)