20 Aug Fellows, Deborah Copenhaver
Deborah Copenhaver Fellows
Born 1976 in Torrance, California; lives in Sonoita, Arizona
DEBORAH IS A HORSEWOMAN, raised on a cattle ranch in northern Idaho and brought up in a competitive family of rodeo champions. She holds a BA degree with a fine-art major following study in Italy. In the post-Vietnam era, Deborah gained recognition creating veterans’ memorials including the Inland Northwest Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Montana State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Washington State Korean Veterans Memorial. Some of her corporate commissions include the Boy Scouts of America, Coors, Kaiser Corporation, and the University of Texas.
In 2018 Fellows was selected by the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Partnership to design a memorial to the nineteen firefighters who lost their when the worst fire in Arizona history overran them in 2013. Deborah and her husband, Fred Fellows, live on their horse ranch in Sonoita, Arizona where she depicts the Western heritage from which she came. Through her subtle realistic depictions, she documents the Western world that she knows and loves.
“Her sculptures of horses and horsemen could not be truer if she mixed the clay with her blood, because it comes straight from her heart,” says noted author J.P.S. Brown.
Notable Awards and Achievements:
2017 Commissioned by the San Antonio Sculpture Trail LLC to create a monumental sculpture of James Bowie for the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
2014 Friends of Western Art, Artist of the Year
2011 Commissioned by the State of Arizona to create a statue of Barry M. Goldwater for the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol, Washington D.C.
2009 Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Inducted
2008 National Sculpture Society elects Fellows as a Lifetime Member
2006 Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, First Place Award for Three-Dimensional Art
2006 Gilcrease Museum, Invited Artist
2006 Mountain Oyster Club, Contemporary Western Art Show and Sale, Honorary Artist Member and Purchase Award
2005 Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Best Sculpture Award
Bighorn Gallery, Tubac, Arizona and Cody, Wyoming
Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Lodge At Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Mountain Trails, Sedona, Arizona
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming
Wind River Gallery, Aspen, Colorado