From Montana, Sherry Sander does wildlife sculpture, often multiple depictions, in a somewhat loose Impressionist style from her studio in a 300-acre wildlife preserve that she and her husband have created near Glacier National Park in Montana. She spends many hours observing the animals in this area that attracts eagles, otters, foxes, wood ducks, deer and bears. She also draws constantly, something she feels is essential to creating a quality piece of sculpture.
Sanders travels extensively including to Alaska and Africa. In 1995, a retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum.
She grew up in Northern California and began her art training as a potter. However, when a foundry opened near her Montana home, she changed to sculpture. She is married to Dr. Loren Vranish, who was born in Winnett, Montana, and her inspiration to create wildlife subjects came from observing antelope with him near his home. She is an accomplished horsewoman who enters competitions.
She has won numerous honors including from the North American Sculpture Exhibition, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the National Sculpture Society. She regards the gold medal she won from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame as a very high point in her career, being the first woman to win that honor.
Sander’s heroic-size Gorilla, at the Denver Zoo and Benson Park in Loveland, was selected for the National Sculpture Society’s exhibit, Masterworks of American Sculpture and Selections from the National Sculpture Society 1875-1999. She was selected by Art of the West magazine as one of “twelve living artists we feel make up America’s most compelling artists, and who’s work 100 years from now will have withstood the test of time and continue to stand out, just as it does today.” Her monumental sculptures can be seen at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Denver Zoo, the Oklahoma Zoo, the Genesee Country Museum, the National Wildlife Art Museum and the High Desert Museum.