Under the tutelage of her father, an exceptional woodcarver, Rikki Saunders’ budding artistic vision was nurtured alongside a deep love and respect for nature. Rikki later settled in Unionville, PA to pursue this interest and was long-listed for the 1984 Olympics.
Driven to reconnect with her love for art, Rikki started sculpting. She found enormous inspiration in the natural world around her, which she enjoyed through foxhunting, fishing, stalking, trekking, and other outdoor activities. Her work began to reflect her concern for the protection of natural resources, sharpened by her immersion in the sportsmans’ life.
Rikki currently spends most of her time sculpting. She lives with her husband, Jesse, on their farm in Pennsylvania. Together they have created a magical setting replete with horses, dogs, peacocks, foxes, herons, kingfishers, and a herd of fallow deer. “I am one of the luckiest people alive. Only working from real life, I spend my days with these wonderful creatures, observing their habits, learning their language, studying their form and capturing their grace and spirit in clay.” Rikki recently sculpted two life size peacocks, Alexander and Nureyev, that are a part of the muster of peacocks which live with her.
The common theme which runs through everything Rikki has done is her love and respect for nature, and her desire to protect it from harm. This profound interest can be recognized in all of her work today.
2013 Rikki Morley Saunders, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE
2012 National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Brook Green Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
2011 USArtists, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Equus – The Art of the Horse
2010 USArtists, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Animalier, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE