The love and the memories that you share with your family are precious and fleeting. Through oral histories and favorite stories, we hand down the personalities and tales of our families in a mish-mash of braided bits and pieces: a beautiful and richly-colored mish-mash, but one that is as frail and fleeting as the life experiences that they contain. Why not memorialize in bronze the personalities and stories of your family, as a gift to future generations? The emotional memory that is captured and handed down through a bronze sculpture is generous and priceless—a gift that develops and deepens in meaning as time goes by.
If a couple commissions a portrait of their children for each other as a gift, these sculptures then become heirlooms that are passed down generation to generation in the family, preserving both a moment of love and affection between the couple, as well as a genealogical history and tradition for their children.
People love to commission portraits of their children. It’s very popular for parents to commission a heirloom-quality bronze sculpture that captures a child in the joy of youth. These are often placed outdoors in garden or patio areas, as a reminder of the child’s favorite places to play, to lay in the afternoon sun, or to run laughing through the garden. While the children themselves get older and move on to college or homes of their own, a bronze sculpture encapsulates that moment of their youth forever.
From the ruins of Mesopotamia to the tombs of Chinese emperors, bronze has held the faces of great men and women, its fluidity and warmth capturing the vibrancy of the human spirit. The material is known for its resilience to all climates, lustrous amber surface, and ability to hold fine detail. Its durability makes it an ideal medium for outdoor sculpture. Working in traditional techniques of lost-wax sculpture and hand detailing, the McLeods’ statuary holds detail without losing the warmth and expressivity of touch.
Besides bronze casting, the McLeods also work with ceramic for statuary with a different aesthetic finish. Ceramic offers a material warmth, with its earthy tones and subtle gradations of glaze. The earthy texture of clay and human touch remains especially visible in ceramic sculpture, leaving a more material trace of its creation in the surface of the piece. The McLeods also offer other sculpture in other mediums such as stainless steel and fabricated stone. If you have a vision for your sculpture in a different medium, feel free to contact the McLeods for a consultation, and they can work with you.
Commissioning A Child’s Portrait
The McLeods specialize in bronze portraiture, but also work in a variety of media to work with your vision. They are happy to consult with families in-depth to decide what the ideal approach would be for your sculpture. To schedule a commission consultation or for pricing, collaboration, or additional information, feel free to contact the McLeods directly here.