Ralph Trethewey was born in 1953 in Globe Arizona. His childhood was spent in California’s Mojave Desert where he became enamored with lizards, the Desert Tortoise, insects and other living things found in his wanderings. The family then moved to Salt Lake City where Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and wildlife inspired his early sculptures.
Trethewey studied sculpture under Angelo Caravaglia at the University of Utah in 1972-73. Angelo’s affirmation prompted him to carve and sculpt full-time. Seeing this gift as God-given, he worked independently, developing techniques and styles of sculpture that have been a livelihood since 1973.
In addition to original works and 47 limited editions, Trethewey has done commissions for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Park Services. These include Hawaii’s extinct and endangered Honeycreepers, Bald Eagles in Alaska, Whooping Cranes for the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas and the endangered birds of Guam. He has done models of endangered bats, insects, rodents and other animals.
Trethewey's work is in select galleries, museums and the collections of Bev Doolittle, “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” Barbara Roberts (Governor of Oregon), and Hank Williams Jr. Awards include “First Place”, “People’s Choice” and “Best in Show”. His “Thinker”, a frog like Rodin’s Thinker is a public art sculpture in Walla Walla, Washington.
He is well known for the “World Record Antlers” series, “Pecan Shell Antlers”, and “Vegetarian Antlers”. A fascination with astronomy is conveyed in 2 and 3-D works of galaxies, comets and the intangible; (black holes, anti-matter). Recently, landscapes, aerial photography, and patterns in jasper and agate give added inspiration for abstract paintings.
Blessed with an understanding and supportive wife, Susanne, Trethewey is grateful to live the artist’s dream, pursuing these mediums with a superfluity of ideas.