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J. Shirly Bothum (1937 - 2003)  Artworks >>

A cowboy, rancher and member of the Rodeo Cowboy Association, Shirly Bothum, born July 30, 1937, began sculpting in bronze in the early 1970s. His subjects are rodeo animals and figures, and he was a resident of Clarkston, Washington until his death January 20, 2003. J. Shirly Bothum was born to a family of twelve children in Seward, Kansas, and when he was five moved to the Willamette Valley of Oregon near St. Paul. During his childhood, he was surrounded by cowboys and horses, and by age 15 was participating in rodeos and Saddle Bronc Riding, becoming one of the top contenders in the Northwest in the 1960s. He also had shown early art talent, but put that on hold for a period to pursue his love of rodeo. He married Judy Stockdale in 1961, and the next year, they moved to a 6,000 acre ranch they had purchased on the Grande Ronde River near the junction of the Washington and Oregon borders. In 1967, Shirly's management skills earned him the Oregon 'Cattleman of the Year' award. The couple had three daughters. Before the birth of third daughter, the family moved to Imnaha, Oregon to manage the Benson Ranch, and in 1970 they bought a ranch in Cloverland, Washington and for convenience of schools, lived nearby in the town of Clarkston, Washington. During this time, J Shirly Bothum began to focus on having a sculpting career with ranch and horse-related subjects. He began receiving commissions, and three major commissions stand in the Lewis-Clark Valley: the Sacajawea Fountain in Pioneer Park; the Saint Joseph Hospital diorama "Road To Health"; and his final work, the Corps of Discovery trio commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition, based at the foot of 21st St. in Lewiston, Idaho. In 1988 Shirly and his family moved to Joseph, Oregon in the Wallowa Valley. There he has made a contribution to the main street improvement project with "Tracking the Intruders", a life-size bronze of horse and Indian rider on a high vantage point. J. Shirly Bothum has also traveled frequently to Alaska, Canada and the Northwest Territories, where he photographed wildlife to use later as subject matter in his bronze sculptures, completed from his studio he called "A Cowboy's Riverfront Retreat". Source - Askart.com

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