Ever wonder who did the fantastic iron work and spectacular light fixtures around the ranch? We commissioned Wyoming artist Peter Fillerup of Wild West Designs. From lanterns to the front gate, to the ornate chandeliers in the River House Lodge, and the bronze artwork above the Dead Horse Saloon, he’s had his artistic flare on many pieces at Marabou.
Steeped in a family with rich ranch history and an artistic father, Peter McNiven Fillerup grew up in Cody, Wyoming, spending summers on the family ranch located halfway between Cody and Yellowstone Park. Here, Fillerup’s imagination was free to roam and explore, encouraged by his painter father, Mel Fillerup. Provided with horses, a fridge full of food and sketchbooks his passion and talent bloomed into striking portrayals of the wild west.
Growing up in the heart of the west, Fillerup’s interest in the rough and tumble life on the frontier is evident in the subjects he chooses to portray. A love of history and heritage are also common themes in his work.
Fillerup obtained a fantastic education at Brigham Young University on an Art Scholarship and later apprenticed with Dr. Avard Fairbanks, one of America’s foremost sculptors he even traveled to Cararra, Italy where he studied marble carving and the process of enlarging.
During Fillerup’s career spanning over three decades, he has been the recipient of numerous art awards which include several gold medals from the American Indian and Cowboy Artist Show; Best of Show from the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming and People’s’ Choice Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming.
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