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We're pleased to have featured Texas artist Tom Morgan's sculpture, "Ponderin' Lines 'n Lyrics," as the subject of poems in our Art Spur project.  Read about Tom below.

Tom Morgan made a generous donation of this sculpture to the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, which was offered in a Silent Auction, with proceeds to benefit the Center.

Below:

About Tom Morgan

 

See information about this special piece below.




"Passing of the Colors"

Sculptors Tom Morgan and Dan Pogue have created a bronze tribute, "Passing of the Colors," made "in honor of veterans and the patriotic spirit of the American people."  The piece depicts a family at a parade as the flag passes.

All of Tom Morgan’s net proceeds from "Passing of the Colors" are being donated to non-profit organizations benefiting Veterans. Tom has had a passion for veteran support for years, most recently raising funds to build the WWII Memorial. 


Fran Morgan with soldiers at the dedication of the sculpture
at the
Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas

Tom told us, "Every wounded warrior who is there passes the sculpture going from the Brooke Army Medical Center hospital to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, along 'Warrior’s Way.'" The sculpture is on a low base so that soldiers in wheelchairs and children can interact with the piece. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence is "an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and psychological health issues." The $50 million center was built entirely from private funds.

 


About Tom Morgan  

 

  Artist Tom Morgan sculpted "Ponderin' Lines 'n Lyrics" as a tribute to Cowboy Poets.  He describes it as a "tribute to those whose words preserve the past."  The inspiration for the piece came about when he purchased a copy of The Big Roundup.  "The more I checked into the world of Cowboy Poetry, the more intrigued I became with how it brought together such a diverse and passionate group of people.  I hope they enjoy the sculpture or at best know that someone out here appreciates their work enough to pay them a tribute," he says.

Like those who inspired the sculpture, Tom has a deep rooted love for Western Heritage.  "The work ethic and basic values of the cowboy culture have brought forth the courage to give life my best effort" says the eighth generation Texan.  He has had a long love for art, yet a fulfilling business career limited his time to pursue his opportunity for creating art.  

These days you can find Tom in his studio in San Antonio giving it his best to create work that he hopes will touch an emotion that makes you go back to the piece time and again.

In 2011, on Texas Independence Day and the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo, Tom shared a photo of his saddle, which was made for him by Lisa and Loren Skyhorse of Skyhorse Saddle Company in Durango, Colorado:
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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