Wyoming artist, Mike Flanagan, created this sculpture, Searching for New Horizons, in 1979 to honor the courage and rugged individualism of these hearty men. He used an interesting combination of a nearly life sized bust with miniature subject matter to accentuate the varied experience of this natural explorer.
Mr. Flanagan moved from making smaller sculptures to monument sized pieces. His career came into full bloom when he was chosen by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame to produce a sculpture of Wyoming rancher, Herman Werner. He was then commissioned to do a 9th British Lancer on horseback for the historic IXL Ranch near Dayton, Wyoming and four life-sized North American Wild Sheep for the North American Sheep Foundation in Cody.
Monumental sculptures continue to accent area ranches from the famed historic Polo Ranch and the entrance to the Powder Horn Golf Community to the landscapes of private residences. His pieces are exhibited in private, corporate and municipal collections throughout North America and Canada. Most recently, he completed a life sized sculpture of a prominent agriculture producer in Mexico.
Mike Flanagan, sculptor and painter, lives at the base of the beautiful Big Horn mountains in North Central Wyoming. He is continually inspired by his surroundings – mountains, ranches, wildlife and cowboy life.
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