“The large panther was originally part of a life-size sculpture from the idea of the stone lithograph, The Letter. But the cat took on a life of her own as she sat in the corner of the studio while I worked on the angel figure. While still in clay, people entering the studio would go directly to her, pat her head, and tell her how beautiful she was, hence her name, Bella. She is both protector and companion to the angel. And on her own, she represents those qualities to everyone who sees her.” – Michael Parkes
Private collectors and celebrities always find a reason to return to the Marcus Ashley Gallery in Lake Tahoe. This is the perfect place to view and acquire art for a thoughtfully decorated or upscale residential or commercial space. Fans of Michael Parkes art will be delighted to find the artist’s sculptures on display at the gallery.
Parkes shares how the panther in Bella holds tangible energy and purity even on her own. As protector and companion, the panther plays a crucial role in several pieces of the artist’s work.
Cast in bronze, Bella is available in two mesmerizing patinas that equally imbue the feline’s beauty and strength.