We began the new century with an incredible journey that allowed
Roger and I to share three years and two months with an extraordinary
individual. I borrowed Charlie to model in "Back From The
Brink." We flew him home in our plane when he was seven days
old. Charlie suffered a neck injury during weaning that prevented
him from returning to a normal bison life. He never missed life
on the prairie, however, for he and Roger formed an inseparable
bond. Charlie grew into a gentle giant that liked nothing better
than hiking with Roger and greeting the hundreds of people that
came to meet him. Tragically, we lost Charlie to pneumonia in August
of 2003. His memory lives on in "Back From The Brink," "Survivor," "Tomorrow’s
Leader", and "Prairie Contender".
Click on "Back From The
Brink" for a more complete story of Charlie and the history
that inspired this sculpture.