“Some years ago I discovered a quotation from Geothe’s Faust that has become my motto: Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic. What I read that, I thought ‘YES!’ I think that’s one of the things I have tried to instill in my children – not to be afraid to try something. I’m sure that a streak of boldness is what impelled (propelled?) me from a conventional family of school teachers in Oklahoma, to seek a job in Germany at the age of 21 with the Air Force where I would meet my pilot/husband to be and begin an adventurous life.
Through my life, I have had many occupations, worn many hats: college student, graduate student, illustrator, writer, painter, sculptor, educator, business woman, school administrator and most of all wife, mother and grandmother. A young actor once told me that he had been inspired to purse his career (successfully) by a command given him from a respected teacher: Make a simple statement! Those words have haunted me and often I’ve tried to make a simple statement of what I wanted to do, to become, but there were so many paths beckoning to me I could never settle on one. I guess the nearest I could come is: I cannot help but be creative. I have found many voices to express it but sculpture has become the dominant one. And from my many experiences with young children, they have become my favorite subject. My fifteen years as a Montessori Directress taught me to reverence the deep inner life of the child.
The insights I gained from my own children and in a classroom led me to a profound impression of the depth and dignity of young children. I am drawn to poses and attitudes that reflect that rich inner life that is invisible and even somewhat mysterious.
After trying many kinds of work, my own conclusion is art is sometimes very hard work, it is a job, but it’s the best job in the world.
L’Deane Trueblood remains as one of the most sought-after sculptors for commissioned artwork. Her selectivity as to which commissioned art invitations she accepts allows her to continue living her inspiration through the creation of new, limited-edition bronzes for collectors throughout the world.
A slight turn of the head—a distant gaze—a moment of quiet poise: each are essential elements of L’Deane Trueblood’s captivating bronze sculptures that grace homes, gardens, and private collections all across the United States and abroad. L’Deane Trueblood has received national acclaim for her sensitive portrayals of the human face and figure through her bronze sculpture. Her achievements have helped her to establish a solid reputation, earning her vast recognition as a principal bronze sculptor in the art world. The article “Utah’s 100 Most Honored Artists” in Who’s Who in American Art and Feminine Fortunes’ “Fifty Most Successful Women, 2003″ both featured L’Deane as a prominent artist.
Much of her commissioned work involves painting and sculpting children. In these tender portraits and statues, L’Deane creates some of her most satisfying and beautiful work. Her skill at capturing childlike expressions is unmatched. She has received many top awards for both painting and sculpture in regional and national shows. Many private and corporate collections throughout the country, including several museum collections, have featured her works. Over time, her collection has grown to include not only bronze sculptures for sale, but bronze monuments as well.