Somerville Manning Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of bronze wildlife sculptor Rikki Morley Saunders. Described as a modern renaissance woman, Saunders is an environmental activist and trained equestrienne in addition to being an accomplished Chester County artist. Her pursuits are connected by her love and appreciation of nature, an interest encouraged early on by her father. Working exclusively from life, she often utilizes the variety of animals residing on her property as the models for her pieces. Saunders’ creative process is rooted in the keen observation of her subjects. She believes that this allows her to achieve her goal of ‘capturing a fleeting moment that illuminates a creature’s very essence.’
Saunders’ talent with rendering the animal form has led her to considerable success. During the fall of 2012, the National Sculpture Society selected one of her pieces, a life-sized representation of a peacock entitled Nureyev, for its 79th Annual Awards Exhibition. This notable juried show presented the works of 45 artists at the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Saunders is also an active member of the Society of Animal Artists, a group that recognizes superior ability to depict wildlife. She has been featured in articles in The Hunt Magazine as well as in Western Art Collector, and is an associate member of the National Sculpture Society.