California Quail are closely related to the Gambel's Quail but have very little range overlap. Disliked by vintners - they are fond of grapes - the plump game bird is great table fare and is California's state bird.
The first sculpture depicts the cock bird perched atop a branch as a sentry - sounding the "all clear" for the flock to move in. In the second piece, the hen is nestled against a branch - silent but alert.
The cock bird entitled Gambel's Sunset has been chosen to be the presentation piece at Autry Museum's Masters of American Western Fine Art Exhibition and Sale Feb. 3 and; 4, 2012. The hen - entitled Gambel's Roost will be introduced as well. The two can be displayed together as companion pieces.
|Clay models of work in progress|
|Gambel's Quail in progress - modeled life sized|
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