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Deborah Copenhaver Fellows was ranch-raised in northern Idaho and grew up with a passion for horses and an avid interest in art. Both her father and brother won World Championships in professional rodeo, and Deborah herself traveled the professional circuit as a barrel racer. She won the title of Miss Rodeo Washington and runner up Miss Rodeo America.
Fellows earned her degree in Fine Arts and paid her way through professional education and independent studies in Italy where she learned the techniques of the European Masters. In the post- Vietnam period, Deborah won competitions to create veteran memorials including the Inland Northwest Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Other monuments include Bing Crosby, Benny Binion, James Irvine, Henry Kaiser, and Boy Scouts of America as well as famous horse portraiture. Deborah was elected to lifetime membership in the National Sculpture Society and inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2009.
Fellows has been long inspired by pioneer women and ranch figures and has made important statements in bronze sculpture about the unspoken heroes, the women of the West.
Biography from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame