Sculptor Linda Raynolds (b. 1953) was one of the Whitney Western Art Museum’s artists in residence for the 2014 season at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
As a resident, Raynolds took advantage of and inspiration from the Draper Natural History Museum’s Raptor Experience, focusing her time and her artistic efforts on capturing the forms, personality, and spirit of both Teasdale, the Great Horned Owl, and Suli, the Turkey Vulture.
In this interview, Raynolds explains her artistic process, the inspiration behind her artwork, and shares with us her life story.
Growing up in a foreign service family, Raynolds traveled the world, gaining insight and inspiration from art forms and artists across the globe. She trained under Sidney Simon at the Art Students League in New York, and has since made Wyoming her permanent home.