Jan 23

Carol Sue Horstman, St. Louis Sculpture

A great new St. Louis discovery to share!

Made in St. Louis: Interesting sculptures for gardens and yards

 January 17, 2014 11:00 am  •  By Karen Deer kdeer@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8239


Age • 69

Home • Fenton

Family • Husband, Donald

What she makes • Outdoor sculptures and painted wall art. You can reach her at carolanddonald@sbcglobal.net or 636-349-1712 (by appointment only). To see her paintings and sculptures, visit  or sculpture.org

Tell us about yourself. • I’m a graduate of the Washington University School of Fine Art. I have a teaching certificate for art, grades K through 12. I work in my home and art studio in Fenton. My home is an art gallery, and my company name is Horstman Studio. I produce fine art for office, home and garden.

Talk to us about your art background. • My passion has always been my art. I had a goal to become an art teacher, painter and sculptor since the age of 5. I began teaching and selling my art at the age of 10. My paintings and sculptures are in private and corporate collections around the world.

Tell us about your sculptures. • My metal sculptures begin with an idea where I see it in three dimensions as it will be lyrically constructed. I sketch the idea and engineer the heavy metal to be safe and sturdy. I use stainless steel or 11-gauge mild steel. Some sculptures are 10-feet tall and 6-feet wide. My metal pieces range from $250 for small sculptures to $5,000 for large pieces.

Tell us about your paintings. • My paintings may be surreal, illustrations, figurative, abstract, realistic portraits or murals. I work from a loose sketch, and the painting takes me where it wants to go. I use acrylic paint on large and small canvases. I illustrate my haiku poetry, which makes it become haiga poetry. It can be viewed on Kernelsonline.com, the United Haiku and Tanka Society’s online publication. I am the featured artist for Summer 2013. My paintings range from $400 to $5,000, depending on time and expenses. I seldom lose a struggle with my paintings, and if I do I can always repaint over the canvas. This adds to the excitement of layering, scraping or gold leaf layers. The painting becomes a dynamic abstraction of something magical I had not expected. I stand amazed when magic occurs and the painting paints itself. There is never enough time to do all I hope to accomplish.

What inspires you? • I’m never at a loss for inspiration. I keep an empty canvas next to the one I’m working on in case of a sudden inspiration. Currently, I am working on three surreal celestial paintings related to haiku poems about the moon, stars and stardust. When these are complete and meet my expectations, this may take weeks, I will publish them in my next book of haiga poetry. I sell my books at the Queeny Art Fair and at the Metalsmith Shows.

Karen Deer is a ​Home & Away reporter. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/deals and Twitter at twitter.com/kmdeer.

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