Balancing Act in Clay and Finished on site

I’m very excited to be providing a 7th life-sized bronze Panther to Chapman University, this time for its restructured Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. The first photo shows the clay-on-foam enlargement to 10 feet long of my sculpture, "Balancing Act", in my studio where it remains until I need the space for another project. The second photo is the finished bronze, taken outside Art Castings Foundry.

Panther on Display at Chapman University
The large cat was installed in its new Chapman University home in the Summer of 2023.

Balancing Act in black patina
The small version is available in black, as well as its original tawny version, to match its new, large counterpart.


Magazine Article

The FALL 2022 issue of SCULPTURE REVIEW, the quarterly magazine of the National Sculpture Society, featured a lovely long article, with nine photos, titled “A PERFECT PAIR: The Studios of Rosetta Sculpture and Mel Schockner Photography”. Unfortunately, the Magazine is not available for free on line but if you can find a print issue it gives a lot of both background and current information about our joint journey to where we are now.

Rosetta and Mel's Studio

Gallery Changes

In July 2022 I was very pleased to gain representation for my sculpture in the Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango, CO. I had been aware of Sorrel Sky for some time, impressed with the quality and variety of work they offer, so when the owner, Shanan Campbell, approached me for representation I was thrilled.

It has proven to be a great relationship so I was once again thrilled when I was offered representation in Sorrel Sky’s Santa Fe, NM, gallery as well. In September of 2023 I transferred my Santa Fe representation from Santa Fe Trails Gallery to Sorrel Sky’s Palace Avenue location. Once again it has proven to be a wonderful fit.

In other changes, I no longer have work at Donna Howell-Sickles’ Davis & Blevins Gallery in Saint Jo, TX. We all thoroughly enjoyed our relationship and retain our love and respect for each other even though the gallery/artist representation has units course.

Also, as of Spring 2024, the Broadmoor Galleries no longer have my pieces on display on premises but they are still representing my work online.

Patina Choices

With the passing of her beloved cat, a friend purchased On The Fence which reminded her of her departed friend. Since her cat was white, I offered to put a lighter patina on her sculpture and am pleased with the results. So I want to take this opportunity to let everyone know that I may be open to custom patinas on domestic cat sculptures, with limitations of course. As an example, here are the original and the recent custom patinas.

On the Fence - Two different patinas


After a year on 4th Street in downtown Loveland as part of The Art Advocacy Project and a few months in our front yard, my large Bobcat sculpture headed off to Brighton for their year-long Sculpture on Loan project. Upon its arrival there, however, the city of Brighton decided to purchase it for their permanent collection! So Brighton will be its forever home, not just a year’s vacation spot!

Bobcat on temporary display in Loveland.

Bobcat in Carmichael Park, Brighton. Photo by Belen Ward.

Mountain Fishing at Brookgreen GardensSince 2005, my life-sized Mountain Fishing has been greeting travelers at the Myrtle Beach airport amid lush plants and a water feature promoting Brookgreen Gardens' sculpture collection. This year it was finally taken "home" to grace it’s originally planned location in the sculpture garden, swiping at (imaginary?) fish in Jassamine Pond in the center of Brookgreen Gardens.


During the past year and a half, I have received five awards for my show entries, ALL OF THEM FOR OLDER WORK! I’m very grateful that many shows are eliminating the “created in the last three years” requirement, at least for limited edition bronzes. These awards attest to the fact that “Oldies” are still “Goodies”!

AWA First Prize Award, Master Signature Division

The American Women Artists have handed me a great honor with this award for my entry in the 2024 Online Juried Show! The Master Signature members of AWA are an amazingly talented group of women and to have my entry selected as the best among them (paintings and sculpture) is a very special acknowledgement of me and my work. The online Awards Presentation included a glowing critique of “Panther’s Pride” - a very uplifting experience!

TWICE! Best of Show 3-D at “Cowgirl UP!”

In 2023, my first year to participate in the “Cowgirl Up!” show at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in AZ, I was honored to be awarded “Best of Show, 3-D for “High Country Totem”. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement to find out that I was given that award again in the 2024 “Cowgirl Up!”, this time for “Spirit Brothers”! These awards are especially meaningful because it confirms that pieces created more than 3 years ago are still appreciated! Since personal circumstances have prevented my creating any new work since 2022, Cowgirl Up! and several other shows have seen the value in allowing older limited edition bronzes into their exhibitions since these pieces are new to their shows and patrons. This is very much appreciated, both by me and by those seeing these pieces for the first time.

Colorado Governor’s Art Show Award of Merit

Ice Bears (one of my all-time favorites!) has garnered an Award of Merit at the 2024 Colorado Governor’s Art Show in the Loveland Museum.


It was a great honor to receive an Award of Excellence for Cat Nap in the American Women Artists’ exhibition, “Pushing Forward Reaching Back" at Brookgreen Gardens, considering the high calibre of all of the work produced by AWA members.

Cat Nap

Cat Nap wins Honorable Mention

2022 started off nicely with an Honorable Mention for Cat Nap at the online only show, "Cats & Dogs", by the Red Bluff Art Gallery in CA. They presented an extremely realistic online gallery tour through the various rooms of the exhibition - very creatively executed!

Award of Merit, Colorado Governor's Art Show 2022

My little Vervet Monkey, The Critic, was very happy to receive an Award of Merit in this year’s Colorado Governor’s Art Show which was the most successful ever and many feel was the best for overall quality of artwork. It was an honor to participate once again.

The Critic

2020 Annual Online Juried Art Show, the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center

At its 2020 Annual Online Juried Art Show, the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center once again acknowledged that it is worthwhile to allow limited edition bronze sculptures more than three years old into their exhibitions by awarding my "The Challenge" an honorable mention this year. I'm grateful for the chance to show some of my "oldies but goodies" that have sold and won awards whenever they had the chance to be seen.

The Challenge

Interpretive/Abstract Award, Artists For Conservation 2020 International Exhibit of Nature in Art

"River Antics" received the Interpretive/Abstract Award at the Artists For Conservation 2020 International Exhibit of Nature in Art in Canada.

River Antics

Best of Show Sculpture & Medal of Excellence

As soon as "Balancing Act” was finished, it immediately won two very nice awards at it’s first show. The 2019 Artists For Conservation Annual Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada, gave this piece both “Best in Show, Sculpture” and a “Medal of Excellence”, only six of which were awarded.

Balancing Act

Society of Animal Artists

The prestigious Patricia A. Bott Award for Creative Excellence was given to “The Hunters” at the Society of Animal Artists’ 2018 Annual Exhibition at the James Museum of Western Art in St. Petersburg, FL. (See photos in NEW SCULPTURES below.)

The Hunters

President’s Choice Award

In it’s debut showing at the 2018 Bighorn Rendezvous, “Spirit Brothers” was honored with the President’s Choice Award for sculpture. This was the third year for the Northwest Rendezvous Group’s annual exhibition to be hosted at the beautiful Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY, and the third year in a row that my sculpture has won this award, newly created when we moved to that venue. It is a great honor, considering the exceptionally high quality of all of the work showcased in this annual exhibit.

Spirit Brothers

A nice award for an older piece

My “At The Waterhole” has won the Lester and Virginia Clark Memorial Award at the 2018 Breckenridge (TX) Fine Arts Center’s Annual Juried Art Show. I am grateful that this year they waived the “no more than 3 years old” requirement for sculpture in response to my objection to that policy where limited edition bronzes are concerned.

At the Waterhole

4 Awards for “Ancient Truce”!

Having been accepted into all four exhibitions to which it was submitted, “Ancient Truce” started off by winning TWO awards at the first exhibition to open, the 2017 Bighorn Rendezvous, Northwest Rendezvous Group’s annual exhibition at the beautiful Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY: The President’s Choice Award, chosen by the president of NWR and the curator of the Brinton; and an Award of Merit, chosen by the NWR artists in attendance.

The next exhibition to show “Ancient Truce” was the Artists for Conservation 2017 Annual in Vancouver, Canada, and there it was awarded “Best in Show” for sculpture AND an “Award of Excellence”! (This is the second year in a row that my entry won “Best in Show” for sculpture in this prestigious exhibition.) And on top of it all, “Ancient Truce” has also been included in the AFC 2018 Calendar - another great honor!

Ancient Truce



The essence of the domestic cat, plain and simple.
6”x 11”x 7.5”, Edition of 24, © 2022


Don't Mess With Me

The male African lion has a formidable presence and when his gaze is locked in on the object of his stalk, there is no question of his intention. He emerges from the bush with his fearsome magnificence on full display. This threatening demeanor is not engaged in lightly, however. It is reserved for the times when he must defend his family, his territory or his dinner.

9”x 14.5”x 9”, Edition of 18, © 2022

Don't Mess With Me

Lynx Lookout

Lynx Lookout was created to apply for a commission for a University, based on their Lynx mascot’s characteristics of "Adventurous, Bold, Active, Clever and Confident." Though I didn’t get the commission, I was happy to have this new piece to finish in bronze to join my other American wild cat sculptures.

Lynx Lookout, 14" x 20" x 7.5", Edition of 24, © 2020

Lynx Lookout

Lynx Lookout Maquette 7" x 9.5" x 4", Edition of 24, © 2020

Lynx Lookout Maquette

Pewter BFF

I usually do a small study of a new sculpture to easily be able to make major changes to establish the basic form, pose and flow before I do the sculpture the size I intend to cast in bronze. It is in the larger version that I refine the forms and surface treatment. If it seams feasible, I will often go back to the original "3-D sketch" and refine it to match the larger one and cast it in bronze or pewter. This little (5.5" x 4" x 3") pewter "BFF"” is such a study, mounted on a solid 3" cube of Travertine stone.

5.5" x 4" x 3", Unlimited Edition, © 2020

Pewter BFF

BFF (Best Feline Friends)

Having had the pleasure of sharing my life with many sets of two cats at a time, I can attest that they are not always “best friends”. However, when they are, it is a pure delight to watch them enjoy each other’s companionship in play, sleep and mischief! The beauty of the feline form is enhanced when their flowing curves and joyful expressions are doubled.

This is the clay original for my newest creation. Once the foundries open for business again, the bronze will be available on a round granite base with a turntable.

17" x 11.5" x 9" Edition of 24, © 2020

Cat Nap

For a long time my interest in sculpting animals allowed no room for the use of the human form as the subject of my art. However, there came a time that my interest in human/animal relationships started to show up in my ideas for sculpture. As the fourth piece in a series I have done on that theme, this image brings my thoughts about those relationships out of a historical context into a more personal, present day realm. This peaceful, mutually comforting scene is one that I know a great many of us relate to.

10" x 10.5" x 13", Edition of 18, © 2019

Cat Nap

Balancing Act

The inspiration for this sculpture was simply the elegant beauty of a relaxed cougar reclining on a graceful fallen tree. But as the title, “Balancing Act”, implies, this cat is faced with more challenges than simply managing to stay perched on that small branch, with the balance of nature disrupted over so much of his range and the fallen tree hinting at the loss of appropriate habitat.

9.5" x 17.5" x 4.5", Edition of 24, © 2019

Balancing Act

Spirit Brothers

To most Native American tribes, the wolf is a powerful spirit and family member. Different tribes had somewhat different beliefs regarding their relationship with wolves, from ancestors to spiritual guides to providers of sustenance to siblings and best friends to participants in sacred ceremonies and magic. But all involved a reverence for and spiritual connection with their lupine brothers. Though they drew parallels between themselves and the members of the pack as strong, successful hunters, neither had interest in hunting each other. Wolves don’t see humans as prey and Native Americans believe that killing a wolf is like killing one of them.

14" x 18" x 12", Edition of 18, © 2018

Spirit Brothers

Regal Repose

The original, larger version of this sculpture (named “Glenn” after its model, the resident office Bengal) was a gift from Blue Sky Animal Clinic to the retiring Dr. Stephanie Romm who had been the wonderful veterinarian for seven of our cats before retiring from the practice that she had founded. In a reversal of process, this large piece was scanned and reduced, 3-D printed, refined and sent through the regular molding and casting process for this limited edition.

10” x 14.5” x 11”, Edition of 35, © 2018

Regal Repose


I know that we all get many solicitations for donations to very worthy charities and we have to limit the ones we support to the ones that speak most loudly to our hearts. I limit most of my giving to animal causes and though I do send money often, I love it when I have the opportunity to donate my sculpture for their fundraising efforts as that conveys a more personal connection with the animals. I do this whenever such an occasion presents itself and participate in shows that benefit animal causes.

I’m honored that my efforts in these areas have been acknowledged by such organizations as World Wildlife Fund in an article in their Nov. 2015 magazine; Artists for Conservation with their “AFC Conservation Artist Award for artistic excellence and dedication to conservation” in March of 2014; The National Sculpture Society by including me in their Spring 2015 “Sculpture Review” article “Healing Art, Aid for the Animals in Africa”; and two organizations whose annual fundraisers often include a Rosetta sculpture: the Cheetah Conservation Fund and W.O.L.F. Sanctuary.

Mini Cheetah Running


March 1 - April 14

“Master Signature & Heritage Members”, American Women Artists
Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ (Don’t Mess With Me)

March 9 - June 9

“Wildlife Wonders”, Society of Animal Artists
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson AZ (The Leap maquette)

March 22 - September 1

“Cowgirl Up!”, Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Wickenburg, AZ (5 table-top size sculptures and 6 miniatures)
“Spirit Brothers” has been awarded “Best of Show 3D”

May 11 - June 9

“Colorado Governor’s Art Show”, Loveland Museum Gallery
(Ice Bears, Stone Lion Maquette, The Throne & River Antics)


Panther's Pride in Loveland's Benson Park

When Chapman University emailed saying that they needed another Panther sculpture, but this time they wanted a “mother and child panther” for a new residential complex on campus, I was thrilled to create this depiction of the strong and tender relationship between this beautiful and powerful feline and her dependent cub.

Now I’m equally thrilled that I will have that same sculpture in my home town! It was selected to be placed in the new section of Benson Sculpture Garden across the street to the south of the rest of the Park. It was permanently installed in time for Sculpture in the Park 2015.

Loveland's Panther's Pride

Photo by Don Reilly


In 2019 we lost a dear friend and cherished colleague, stone sculptor Monty Taylor. Though our mediums were different, we shared a love of animals and a desire to capture their spirit as much as their form in our sculptures. The sparkle in Monty’s eye revealed his kind heart and wry sense of humor no matter how hard he tried to hide behind a cantankerous exterior. He is sorely missed by his many friends and the art world that was just beginning to discover his talent and his lovely stone animals. To help send him on his journey with love and encouragement, I created this pewter medallion and cast three for his wife (our dear friend, Melissa) and their two children.


Rosetta's Book

Originally published in 2013, I have revised my book, Rosetta Sculpture - Sculpture by Rosetta, Sculpture Photography by Mel Schockner, every year, adding my newest pieces to each new edition. Self-publishing in Blurb allows me to order small quantities at a time so that I can order revised ones each year with the new material. The latest one is $75 but a few copies of past editions are available for $62 each. Hard cover with dust jacket, it currently has 52 pages showcasing most of my work with stories about each piece and a 2-page version of my life history.

See older stories in Selections from the Archives

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