The Watery World In Leather

Lance Boen artist

Lance Boen has spent the last seventeen years with his family living in Carmel Valley Village, California, located along the Carmel River. The stunning coastline of Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz, and Monterey are the perfect inspirational scenes for Lance’s incredibly unique form of art.

Lance Boen works his incredible sculptures of fish, wildlife and nature scenes out of leather. “I form, tool, and hand paint the leather to create larger-than-life-sized fish sculptures and installations of fish in their underwater world,” says Lance. “On select sculptures, I incorporate leather items such as vintage saddle tack, western holsters, baseball gloves, fly wallets, and other interesting items to embellish the fish and installation environments.”

leather fish art

“This summer we will be embarking on a new life adventure. We purchased a home on Flathead Lake in Polson, Montana. We have family in the area and I send several sculptures every year to Montana. There is such a strong outdoor sporting community in Big Sky Country,” said Lance.

When we asked Lance about his hobbies and their relation to his artwork, he replied: “I connect with nature through fishing, whether wading in a river, feeling the current on my body, or casting from a boat or dock. I feel grounded and at my best when I am near water. My artwork reflects my love for nature, angling, fish, and water.”

tarpon in leather

Lance described himself as an artist at a young age. High school found him in AP Art Class working on a portfolio for college acceptance. He focused on painting with oils and acrylics in his undergrad at the University of LaVerne. “Toward the end of college, my painting started to become more sculptural. After college, I continued to pursue my art career and was accepted to the Claremont Graduate University art program where I received a Master of Fine Arts. I feel blessed to have shown my artwork in museums, group shows, and galleries throughout the United States.”

leather fish sculpture

Lance has goals of continuing his unique art and expanding his sculpture into more public spaces like airports, resorts, commercial spaces, lodges, and hospitals – “Places where more people will be exposed to my artwork,” said Lance.

“I would like to continue to have my artwork assist me to travel, fish, and meet people around the world.”leather fish sculpture

When asked about the hardest aspect of his medium, Lance said, “My artwork can be large in scale, physically demanding, and quite labor-intensive. The process is satisfying and the finished sculpture reflects my passion for each work and gratitude for living a creative life. I like working through ideas as a sculpture progresses. I enjoy relaying a collector’s outdoor adventures into their commissioned sculpture. It’s very satisfying when a collector loves the finished product.”

Lance Boen leather art

Lance sees his work as a reflection of the passion for fishing and the outdoors that is shared between his clients, collectors and himself. “The mural scenes that I tool and paint on the sculptures tell stories of adventures on the water. I like to incorporate images that I see while angling. I want to create an interesting art experience for my collectors and inspire them to get outdoors,” said Lance.

You can see more of Lance Boen’s artwork on his website.

Lance Boen leather art