All of Mary Tanner’s great grandparents were early settlers in Lincoln County. She grew up on the family farm along the Platte River and returned there in 2005. Mary graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and worked at the Museum of Natural History on campus for several years. She began doing scientific illustrations there and went on illustrate for Dr Martin at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum for many years. Most of the work involved drawing amazing fossil birds and sabre-toothed cats.
From the Artist:
In 1999, this artist asked for the job of cleaning, repairing and restoring a 9-foot-tall limestone sculpture, the Sioux Lookout Indian. The sculpture stood on a hill south of Maxwell for 70 years and suffered significant vandalism and damage. Sioux Lookout had always been a favorite place for this artist and she was honored to do the work of cleaning and restoring the Indian.
She learned stone repair technique with the stone masons at KU and then she carved a new face, arm, gun, and made numerous small repairs. Cleaned and repaired, the Indian now stands on the Lincoln County Courthouse grounds. Through this experience, she discovered the joy of working with stone and continues to carve on the family farm in rural Nebraska.
Below are a few images of this artist’s work. To view more images or to purchase art from this Nebraska rural artist, please visit her website at marytannermltartist.com.
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