Ross Matteson (1948- )
American artist Ross Matteson’s bronze falcons and other works have a timeless appeal that goes beyond their subject matter. Influenced by the bird art of Asian, Egyptian and Northwest Coast Native American cultures – he has applied what he loves in these ancient visual languages to his own personal love and observation of nature.
Matteson’s early artistic development is traced to an interesting and supportive family environment. Formal education at The Evergreen State College, WA consumated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980. A life long resident of Washington State, Ross lives with his wife, Genny, in Olympia, WA.
Prairie Queen is a large, warm gyrfalcon perched on a partially buried buffalo skull. While on winter migration, in what most humans would think of as a cold, harsh landscape, she preens her feathers almost as if in the intimacy of a bedroom. The metaphor of the skull, a Western symbol for hardship, has no meaning to her. She is above it. It is only a perch on the open prairie. Her royal life is presently affirmed by the absence of death in her thought.