The Man in the Arena – Ronnie Wells


The Man in the Arena, Bronze Sculpture, Height: 10″ Base: 5 x 5″

President Roosevelt’s unsuccessful Black Bear hunt in the Tensas River Bottom in Louisiana, resulted in the creation of the first teddy bear. Mr. Wells’ book, “Calvin and the Great Tensas River Bottom” recaptures this event. Purchase of the sculpture entitles the collector to a signed copy of the book.

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Artist Bio:

Ronnie Wells graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1968 with a Fine Arts Degree. Upon graduation, he and his wife Patricia, moved to Houston where he was employed for four years at MD Anderson Hospital as a medical illustrator. He resigned in 1972 and began a lifelong pursuit of his life's passion in wildlife art, as a painter and sculptor. He and his wife have two children and four grandchildren. Wells Gallery has been in business for 48 years, of which 31 years in Salado, Texas. Mr. Wells is also a published author. He has written several published articles, as well as, a children's book, "The Legend of Catfish and Little Bream". His most recent book, "Calvin and the Great Tensas River Bottom".


  • Monumental Bronze Sculpture Commissions
  • Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters Memphis, Tennessee "Gale Winds and Mallards"
  • City of Hamilton, Ohio 'Riverside Mallards"
  • City of Tulsa, Oklahoma "Riverside Mallards"
  • City of Temple, Texas Installation of 15 Foot Wildcat
  • 2021 Texas Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year (3 years)
  • Ducks Unlimited National Central Flyway Artist
  • Featured Artist: Plantation Wildlife Thomasville, Georgia
  • Featured Artist: NatureWorks Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sculptor of the Year Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Charleston, South Carolina
  • Sculptor of the Year Mid-America Waterfowl Exposition Peoria, Illinois
  • Texas State Sculptor 71st. Legislature Austin, Texas