Don Rambadt2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Don Rambadt began sculpting part time while working to establish a full-service sculpture foundry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor's degree in sculpture in 1995. In 1997, Rambadt turned his focus toward the development of his unique artistic style, and in 2001 left the foundry business to pursue his art full time. Since, his one-of-a-kind bird sculptures have found their way into in numerous private, public, and museum collections, including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado, and Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet in South Carolina.
What artist inspires you? Why?
I think the artist's mind is always open for inspiration, and personally I seem to find it everywhere. My primary goal as an artist is to continually push myself to grow and explore new ideas, but not at the expense of the aesthetic I have spent the past 20 years refining. I think it can be summed up as curiosity.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
Unless I am designing something site specific (where I have to develop a theme to work within set parameters), I generally don't consciously try to come up with new ideas. Instead I prefer to keep an open mind while I am working and allow ideas to evolve on their own. More often than not by the time I finish a piece, I have a half a dozen ideas for the next one. My time spent observing is also critical for my creative process. Inspiration for a new work can come from something as straightforward as a captivating pose, behavior, or crisscross of branches I see while I am out in the field, or something as subtle as an interesting shape I find while sorting through my pile of metal that becomes the starting point for a new design. On rare occasions it comes like a bolt from the blue, and the creative wheels are set in motion.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
Over the past two years, I've had the pleasure of making several trips to Jackson Hole and the surrounding area. It is a place I had not visited before, and the rugged beauty has definitely had an impact on my work. I have been branching out more with my subject matter, and there is a rawness and spontaneity that has been surfacing that I have not experienced in a long time.