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Sculptor has passion for wildlife

Daily staff report
Vail CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Carolyln Thome

Wildlife Sculptor Paul Rhymer will visit Walt Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek Tuesday through Thursday this week.

“As Paul has worked for the Smithsonian Institute for over 25 years, he has an intimate knowledge of bird anatomy and animals from all over the world,” said Peggy Horton, gallery owner. “His first love, however, is sculpting. His passion for wildlife is readily seen in his sculpture.”

Rhymer comes from a family of artists and has drawn and painted his whole life. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree from a local college, he began looking for a job as an illustrator. He set out designing and illustrating brochures at the Smithsonian Institution. Eighteen years ago, he moved into a position as a model-maker/taxidermist, following the career path of his father, who was also a museum taxidermist. Rhymer said taxidermy keeps him looking at lots of wildlife since he often creates exhibits dealing with natural history subjects. With so much three- dimensional work at his job, the painting and drawing Rhymer had done so much of gradually began to transform into sculpture. Museum taxidermy and models must be very tight and detailed. Sculpture gives Rhymer an opportunity to try different interpretations with his subjects.

“Some artists [are able to] capture motion or a feeling with a simple brush stroke or a simple wad of clay,” Rhymer said. “I wanted to explore doing that with my own work while keeping with the wildlife subject matter that I enjoy so much.”

Walt Horton Fine Art is located in Beaver Creek, on the Plaza level of the Hyatt, across from the ice rink. Call 970-949-1660 or visit for more information.

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