Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Veryl Goodnight
Veryl Goodnight began her career as a wildlife artist in the 1970s as a painter, but she found she enjoyed sculpting, and within five years, was sculpting exclusively.  Later she took up painting again.  Of her work she says:  "The horse is my favorite subject.  I live with them, ride them, feed them and clean up after them." (McGarry, page 23)

In 1998, Veryl Goodnight completed a monumental bronze sculpture depicting five horses crashing through the rubble of the collapsed Berlin Wall.  Titled The Day the Wall Came Down, the work includes pieces of the Wall, and weighs 14,000 pounds. It is located at the George Bush Presidential Library.

The artist's monumental works are found at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

Wildlife Art, May/June 2002
Susan Halsten McGarry, Cowgirl Up.  Art from the Other Half of the West
View high resolution images of works by Veryl Goodnight when available.