Native American or Mountain Man?

Cleaning off my shelves with another idea that has lingered too long. For me, it’s actually common to rough in a piece and get the jest of an idea down and look at it for years….as a clay sculpture. Don’t judge the piece too harshly, I’ve only sculpted on it about five days over the past three years. 

The special part about creating this piece is it’s an idea given to me five or six years ago by a client, who has become a dear friend. In his own right, he has the soul of an artist. On numerous occasions I have heard him talk about his love of the arts and weep while doing so. 

If you have a suggestion please send it my way. I’m trying to decide if I should make the person in the canoe a Native American or Mountain Man?



The reason I like it being an Indian is I get to show the human anatomy and not cover it with clothing. That’s straight out of my mentor (Fritz White’s) playbook. 

About Scott Rogers

Scott resides in Logan, Utah. His studio is located in Paradise, Utah. He loves the quiet peaceful place to do his work. Scott is a Sculpting Artist, specializing in the 'Old West' and 'Americana Themes'. Scott sculpts using clay as his medium and casting peices into bronze with many different patinas available. He will consider commissions. He is a master at creating monuments! View all posts by Scott Rogers

2 responses to “Native American or Mountain Man?

  • Jim Harris

    This would be an outstanding sculpture. When I first looked at it I thought Mountain Man or trapper. It was due to the load in the canoe that I envisioned as furs that the trapper had been gathering all winter. A Native American would work, but I’m not sure what they’d be carrying in the canoe. Would need to do some research. I could imagine him maybe having a deer that he had killed and was taking back to the tribe which would be something the bear would be interested in.

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