Angela sculpting Whirlwind, 48”h x 41”w x 21”d, Bronze, 2009
Angela sculpting Whirlwind, 48”h x 41”w x 21”d, Bronze, 2009

What is the most interesting thing you have painted/sculpted and why?

Angela Mia De la Vega: Some years ago, I was going through a very difficult time in my personal life.
I was immobilized, unable to move out of the situation. A wonderful group of friends and family (my butterflies) came to my rescue. Without them, I would not have been able to extricate myself from the situation.

To fly – to soar – we must know that we won’t crash and burn if we don’t succeed; we’ll have a safety net to catch us.
My butterflies caught me, lifted me up, and helped me move forward.

In honor of them, and the power of friendship, I created a sculpture, Lift Her with Butterflies.

What is the best thing about being an artist?

Angela Mia De la Vega: Over the years of doing my artwork, I have learned that when I create a work of art based on a story that I want to tell, my clients usually don’t know the story I’m telling, but they see their own story in my work.
My story is adopted as their story, and vice versa.
This creates a beautiful bridge, built upon the art, that leads to a lasting relationship.
These relationships are what inspire me every day, to create more, to sculpt more.

To see more of Angela’s work, visit:

bronze statue of girl lifting with butterflies
Lift Her with Butterflies, 69”h x 18”w x 34”d, Bronze, 2014
bronze statue of children sitting on log
Bridge of Brotherhood, 53”h x 62”w x 24”d, Bronze, 2020


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here