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Rocky Mountain Totem - SculptureWalk 2013-14

Sculpture Details

Rocky Mountain Totem by Julie Jones DenkersSculpture Title: "Rocky Mountain Totem"

Artist: Julie Jones Denkers

Location: Emergency Entrance

Amount: $3,200

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 18 x 9 x 9

Sculpture Walk Season: 2013-14

Julie Jones Denkers - Interview

The wild animals of the rugged terrain near Julie Jones Denkers’ childhood home inspired the stacked wonder of “Rocky Mountain Totem.” For over 40 years, her family has called God’s furry, feathered and scaly creatures neighbors in the area of Loveland, Colo.

Denkers graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and now resides in Fishers, Ind. Besides her talent in art and sculpture, she was also a celebrated college athlete in track and field. She was awarded five All American citations and two Olympic Trial berths.

Her adoration of the natural, mountainous beauty is apparent in this particular piece of work. Please admire her hallmark of perfect detail as you find the grizzly bear, big horn sheep, red fox, chipmunk, mule deer, jackrabbit, mountain lion, American bald eagle and greenback cutthroat trout.

“I am influenced by our potential and our Heavenly Father’s creations. I’m motivated to bring joy to and inspire others. I hope that others smile when they view my pieces and they can relate to them through experiences that they have encountered in their own lives,” said Denkers. “I try to see the good and believe that happiness is a choice, and I believe my artwork conveys that message.”