Fields' passions for perfection in realistic art and a solid grounding in
business have driven his paintings and sculpture into the money range
attained only by the top one percent of living artists today. His limited
edition wildlife sculptures usually double in price before tile last
edition is produced. That's considered excellent appreciation for an art
investment. The smaller sculptures vary in price from $16,000 to $95,000
and his monuments from $550,000 to $850,000.
Whether for investment or pleasure, appreciation is one word that applies to Fields' artwork. To capture the excitement and realism of the American West, Fields combines technical skill, equal to the great master artists, with hours of painstaking research to create flawless works of art that capture nature's great beauty and soaring adventure. With over $1 million in sales per year, Fields' bronzes are spreading their wings in the homes of the rich and wealthy in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Mexico, Australia, Singapore, Canada, the United States, Japan and Africa.
"My interest in eagles, which I've painted and sculpted for 28 years, was an evolution building up in me since childhood when I went out into the fields with my dad on our wheat farm in Oregon. He'd be turning over the soil with a plow and the mice would come burrowing out of the holes and the eagles would swoop down and pick them up," Fields recalled.
Born in The Dalles, Oregon, Chester was raised on his father's wheat farm until the age of eight, when the family picked up stakes and moved to a 100,000-acre ranch in British Columbia. Over a 10-year period, the family developed a thriving 600-head cattle ranch and wheat farm.
"We had wildlife of all kinds where we lived: pheasant, deer, moose and elk, too. The first things I drew were butterflies, and the first of my sculpture studies was an American Indian. My dad advised me against going into Indian sculptures because of the limited market. Birds seemed more universal and sold internationally to a broader groups of clients. At least 15 major empires adopted the eagle as their symbol. I think eagles have a primal appeal. It dates back to the cave mail who looked up at the sky and dreamed of flying. It's easy to understand our ancient ancestors standing in awe of the most powerful bird in the sky, the eagle," Fields theorized.
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