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The gesture of movement and whimsy in this little sculpture can’t help but make you at least smile.

Little Roper

There are a few bronze statues throughout the Cowboy Publishing Group office. One of my favorites is this 1977 piece by Vel Miller. I call him “Little Roper” in my head, because there’s no distinguishing title on the piece and it was the first thing that popped into my head when I first saw the little guy. The entire gesture in this statue is nothing short of whimsical and fun. You can almost hear him hollering out as he slings his rope toward his aim!

A California-based artist, Miller is most noted for a commissioned sculpture of the late Ronald Reagan on horseback. Her award-winning paintings and sculpture can be found publicly and privately all over the world. Her ability to capture the emotion of a subject is her signature and her goal.

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The only distinguishing marker on the piece is the artist signature, date and numbering 24/30.

Miller herself said, “I want the person who views my work to see something they have experienced themselves, or to feel a mood that brings them happiness.”

I can tell you for certain, I couldn’t stop smiling the first time I saw the Little Roper. Mission accomplished, Vel, mission accomplished.

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The details and accents of this small sculpture make it all the more enjoyable.

You can learn more about Miller from her website velmillerart.com.