FROM "The Art of Lisa Perry The Texas Thoroughbred" November 1993 By Brock Sheridan Her works sits in the Governor’s mansion in Kentucky. It adorns the living rooms, mantels and dens of D. Wayne Lukas. Clarence & Dorothy Scharbauer, Jack Klugman, past presidents of the Jockey Club, the King Ranch and TTBA President Marshall Robinson. It can be seen at the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Ranching Heritage Center an the Cowboy Artists of America Center and in front of the Ft. Worth Coliseum in the historical stockyards. She has been honored with the "Best of Show" awards at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the Texas Women Western Artists show and the American Academy of Equine Art. She won the best of show in metal sculpture at the Ducks Unlimited National Wildlife Art Show and has won the George Phippen Family award . In 1985 she was given the Governor's Award for artist of the year in her home state of Montana. In 1991 she was presented the Founders Award at the American Academy of Equine Artists Show. She is Lisa Perry of Springtown, Texas and one of the more acclaimed bronze sculpturists in the United States. Although her list of awards and accomplishments seem almost endless, it was only 13 years ago that she produced her first professional bronze of a bucking horse that she sold for "$800 or $1000, I don't remember," Perry said. In the late 1970's, Lisa Perry and her husband George moved to Weatherford, Texas from Montana where George would manage the Baker Ranch. Lisa Perry had been interested in art and western sculptures during her childhood when she spent hours after school in the Montana State Historical Museum in Helena admiring the sculptures and beeswax cowboy models by artist Charles M. Russell. She would gaze at the art collections almost every day while waiting for her father to finish his work as the assistant attorney general in the state capitol building across the street. She eventually went to Montana State where she majored in art and met George, who like her had an interest in horses. The couple soon married and began making a living in the horse business with bucking horses, racing horses, and producing amateur rodeos. "There was a long gap between those afternoons in the museum and actually sitting down and working on my first piece." Lisa Perry said. "I had some wax sitting around that I'd had for a long time because it was something that I always wanted to do. Not necessarily do it for a living, but just try a piece. When we were at the Baker Ranch, I took the wax out of the closet and started it. That was in 1980." Perry's work was instantly popular and was quickly in demand. So much so that George forwent his position at the Baker Ranch to assist Lisa full-time with her new business. "She sold her first two pieces and took some orders and made half my annual salary in one night," George Perry said. "She quickly did that a few more times and we had to think about that." George is still very much involved in the business that now includes equine jewelry, assisting in the creation of the bronzes, bracelets, pins, and rings at home and at the foundry in Center Point, Texas.