When it came time to find an artist, Robin Hutton turned to one of her Marines, Bob Rogers, who was an artist and asked him for guidance. Bob recommended Jocelyn and three others. As soon as Robin spoke to Jocelyn, a bond was formed and she knew that Jocelyn Russell was absolutely the right artist for the job.
And boy was she right!
Jocelyn does so much research on her subjects. All of the information goes into her brain and heart comes out through her hands. When the Director of the National Museum of the Marine Corps was asked what she thought of the monument when she first saw it being installed, she said, "I expect her to move." Absolutely!
To see this monument in person you feel the depth, the energy, the spirit, the determination of this little Mongolian mare. While the pictures are beautiful, they don't do the monument justice. Ask anyone who has seen her in person.
If you would like to see the step-by-step pictures of the making of this incredible piece of history, click on the link below or the link on the right for Jocelyn's website. It's breathtaking!
Five monuments down, one more to go in Ocala, FL, and hopefully on to South Korea in 2021. But in the meantime, there are more monuments coming for other war animals - starting with USMC Lucca K458. Check it out!
If you would like to see Jocelyn's other work, including her latest monument to Secretariat (life+1/2) in Lexington, KY, and the centerpiece of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA where she has five lifesize elephants, a pride of lions and several sculptures of meerkats, please click on her website link!