Rose on a ranch in Southeastern Washington State Michael Maiden grew up roaming river bottoms and ridge tops. As a youngster, he raised quarter horses as a member of 4-H and followed family traditions learning to hunt pheasant and quail, giving him early lessons about migratory birds. Eventually, Michael traded in the rifle for a color palet and modeling clay, turning his attention to learning and recording the life in the plains and mountains of his home.
In 1975, Michael resigned his teaching position and established The Maiden Foundry. Thanks to his sense of quality and quest for excellence, The Maiden Foundry is the most reputable fine art foundry in the world. Having spent the past twenty plus years intensely focused on art, Michael’s talent has emerged into a sculptor worthy of worldwide recognition. He is continually in great demand for commissioned one of a kind sculpture.
Whether the powerful flight of his “Team Commissary” or the nurturing posture of a nesting parent, Michael’s American Eagles portray magnificence. He has so completely put the eagle before us; we can’t help but recognize their prominence in our natural world. The sculptures are filled with Michael's abundant knowledge and artistic skills. They speak directly to the forces of nature and the art, which shape them, displaying for our aesthetic appreciation an existence far more significant than routine survival.
Each work is cast in solid bronze, faithful in design, form and intricate detail to its original sculpted model. Michael has enhanced the finish of his works by selectively applying color-rich patinas in distinct contrast to highly polished metal surfaces.
Michael’s eagles are as impressive in art as they are in nature. Collectors and gallery owners acknowledge that they are among the finest available. His sculpture can be found in many museums and corporate collections around the world.