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Wildlife sculptor Sam Terakedis visits Masters Gallery in Vail

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"High Tailin' It," by Sam Terakedis.

VAIL — Sam Terakedis has come a long way from selling 25-cent drawings at recess and bronzes out of the trunk of his car in Denver to becoming a world-renowned, award-winning bronze sculptor of North American wildlife.

With the eyes of an expert bowman, Terakedis zeros in on the tiny thing separating art from replication. The form is important, but the emotional truth of the animal comes first. From that universal spark, he begins his work.

"It all starts from Day 1," he said. "I bring everything I've ever learned to a new piece. I always start with the face. Whatever mood I capture there will tell me everything else I need to know. The tail, the ear positions … all that enhances the story."

Even as he's finishing up one sculpture, Terakedis is already visualizing the next one.

"I'll see it complete, sometimes down to the final details," he said.

Showing true colors

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Terakedis doesn't sketch. The image in his head is immediately felt in his hands, through his fingers and into the clay. Not only does he make sure that every measurement of an animal is correct, that every hair and horn is finished according to its size and dimension. He also uses the patinas such as oil paints, ensuring that the animal is instilled with its true colors.

Masters Gallery is located on East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. For more information, call 970-477-0600 or visit http://www.mastersgalleryvail.com.

If you go …

What: Artist Sam Terakedis shows his latest pieces.

When: 3-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27.

Where: Masters Gallery, 100 E. Meadow Drive, No. 27, Vail Village.

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Call 970-477-0600, visit http://www.mastersgalleryvail.com, or find the gallery on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date events and new works.