The Artist’s Sketch – A Throwback Thursday


It's Thursday again, and what's one thing we love about Thursdays? (Other than that it's the day before Friday) We get to celebrate with a TBT JAH! Here's an Artist's Sketch feature about sculptor Stacey Tumlinson, written by Michele Katz!

Stacey Tumlinson

Stacey Tumlinson
Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon
Expertise: Sculpting


At 7, Stacey Tumlinson was a horse-crazy girl who loved to draw, read The Black Stallion books, collect Breyer models, and ride, her Shetland, "Tony Pony." By high school, her artistic talent started to blossom. A local sculptor and friend of her mother, Rosanna Davalos, recognized her talent, and hired Stacey to work part time as an airbrush artist, painting animal figures. Later, Stacey was asked to sculpt a bison for the line, and from there she never looked back.

Stacey's body of work consists of a variety of richly detailed equine sculptures from gentle drafters to animated Spanish breeds, to hairy ponies. "The hobby has really expanded my knowledge and appreciation for all breeds far more than the real horse world did." But no matter what type of horse she decides to portray, she says the key is real life reference. "Take measurements of the live horse and make sure that your proportions are correct. The overall balance of the sculpture is the first thing people tend to notice." She also advises to pay attention to detail. "Its all those little wrinkles and bumps that make a sculpture look like its going to breathe."

Stacey likes the stage in sculpting where the armature is complete, most of the clay is in place, and the horse is starting to take shape. "From the ‘blob' to defining the overall feel and attitude of the sculpture is my favorite part." That attitude can change as she likes to try different leg, neck, and head positions to see what works best. Once that is established, the "real work of getting all the anatomy right" begins, and can take several months to complete.

It is obvious that her favorite part to sculpt is the head. "The soul is in the eyes and the direction of the attention is noted by the direction of the ears."

Of all her sculptures, she says her draft mare, Scarlett was the most challenging, and also the most satisfying. She credits having a live model to work from for the sculpture's success. Ziryab, her pregnant Arabian is also a personal piece, as she was her first mare sculpture, and was modeled after her own Arabian mare, Blackbird who has been a part of her life for over 13 years.

For people just starting out, Stacey stresses the importance of reference. She recommends compiling a large collection of photos, obtaining anatomy books, and studying real horses, photographing them from every angle. "Go out to shows, pastures, wherever there are horses, and study them. They will inspire you!"

Visit Stacey's website here.

Take a Look at The Artist's Gallery!


Scarlett Scarlett
Stacey's Scarlett sculpture, portraying in a painting by Sheila Anderson.
Image courtesy of Sheila Anderson
A Scarlett sculpture by Jennifer Scott.
Image courtesy of Jennifer Scott



Desperado Sneak Peak
Stacey's Desperado sculpture painted by Karen Zorn
Image courtesy of Karen Zorn
A sneak peak during one of Stacey's sculpts
Image courtesy of Stacey Tumlinson




Scarlett painted by Carolyn Boydston
Image courtesy of Carolyn Boydston




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Gypsy477SULLI Says:
01/03/2018 at 10:27 am



BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/16/2016 at 1:26 pm

That is so cool that you own Scarlett!!!! :)

2001whitney Says:
07/10/2016 at 7:03 pm

Belgian Scarlett

Hi. I'm the owner of the Scarlett you have pictured that says it is by Sheila Bishop. That is not correct. That particular Scarlett was painted by Sommer Prosser

BreyerLover2222 Says:
05/22/2016 at 4:33 pm

Oh, WOW! Those a re such beautiful paintings! I love your work, Stacey! LOVE IT!!!!!

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