Artists / Arizona

Copenhaver Fellows, Deborah

Sonoita, AZ

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. Corporate commissions have included Boy Scouts of America, Coors, Kaiser Corporation and the University of Texas.

In 2008, the National Sculpture Society elected Deborah Fellows as a “Life-time Member,” and in 2009 she was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 2011, Deborah was chosen to create a statue of Barry M. Goldwater for the National Statuary Hall in Washington, DC. In 2017, she sculpted James Bowie for the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

For the last 19 years, Deborah and her husband, Fred Fellows, have lived 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.

Noted author, J.P.S. Brown, observed, “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.”

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