native Texan, Jimmy Harwell embodies the best of the spirit of
the old west. Born in 1946, he was raised on a ranch near
Wimberley. His great, great grandfather, William Henry Harrison,
helped settle Alpine, Texas after the Civil War. Jimmy Harwell
sculptures range from public pieces to those residing in
numerous private collections, including that of Kurt Vonnegut.
work is often utilitarian - for instance, furniture as a
functional art form or a beautiful gate - and
is both architecturally significant and artistic. He welcomes
I heat, bend, and work steel or pour
bronze, I try to create something that goes to
the core of who or what we are.
use the shape of a horse or a
Great Blue Heron or a tree
or a woman as a way to express what it is that makes a
Art has a mysterious way of revealing itself and my eyes have always
been drawn to the gentle curves of hot steel. With steel
rods you can get outside curves and inside curves, just
as everything in nature has outside or inside
the work I do comes from my head, my heart and my hands.
With the help of my wife Annabel, I design and produce
each piece of metal art at our studio/workshop outside