Rip's Background

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The son of a professional guide and outfitter, Rip Caswell moved to the Northwest when he was just six years old. Everything about art attracted the young boy. His professional career has evolved as he mastered distinctly different art forms.


Clay sculptures: When his family lived in Northwest Washington for a time, he sculpted animals from the water-based clay of the shores of the Pend Oreille River.


Taxidermy: Rip’s father saw his son’s talent and encouraged the boy to study taxidermy. For several summers Rip understudied with accomplished taxidermist, Bill Lancaster of Beavercreek, Oregon. In 1985, Lancaster offered Rip a full time job and the two teamed to become lead contenders in Northwest taxidermy.


In 1988, the duo’s entries swept the Northwest Regional Taxidermy competition by winning all bird and mammal categories. The competition had 96 entries and the Lancaster/Caswell team took every award at the event. Caswell repeated this effort on his own in 1989, again winning every award.


In 1990, Caswell decided to compete at the national level, planning eight months in advance. He chose to combine contemporary sculpture and traditional taxidermy. Those concepts were applied to his work on a green-winged teal, which took top honors.


Bronze: Inspired by the prestigious win at Nationals, Caswell’s friends suggested that he cast images in bronze. The Caswell Gallery opened in Troutdale, Oregon in December 1992, located next to a foundry.

Recent commissions include the larger-than-life-sized sculpture of former Oregon Governor Tom McCall and an Iraq War Memorial in Madras, Oregon, as well as the installation of "The Battle" – two life-size elk – at the High Desert Museum near Bend, Oregon.


Against the Wind

Visit Caswell Sculpture in Historic Downtown Troutdale - Gateway to the Scenic Columbia River Gorge!


Cell: (503) 502-7756  

Ph: (503) 492-2473


Mail:  P.O. box 850 Troutdale OR. 97060  

Studio/Show Room: 903 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy. Troutdale OR.