Sculpted Portrait


Lydia working on eagle sculpture

Who am I? As a child growing up in Quito, Ecuador (offspring of missionary parents) my favorite play things were frogs, sticks, and mud. Here I am years later still favoring sticks and mud! And, I have a fat and happy bullfrog that makes his home in my basement.

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Art from Greenville College (Greenville, IL). My Master’s degree in Sculpture is from Northern Illinois University, and my second MA was also attained at Northern Illinois, for my love of Pre-Columbian Art History.

Professionally, I taught college art as an adjunct for 15 years. For the past 6 years I worked as the sculptor for one of the largest online statuary companies in the US. Among the statues I have created are:

  • a 9 foot tall fountain for a Dr.’s office,
  • a concrete eagle for the top of an old Post Office,
  • portrait busts of a distinguished councilman,
  • and for a reality TV series.

I welcome any inquiries about having a portrait bust commissioned. No question is too big, or small.

Sculptor: Lydia Shalanko | Photos: coutesy of