In Her Mother's Footsteps by Dennis Smith


A mother carries her small son in both arms, who looks over her shoulder to his sister who is walks a few paces behind. The young girl is walking with her hands behind her back and looking at her brother, following in her mother's footsteps. The life-sized version of this sculpture is located in the Historic Nauvoo Visitors’ Center, Monument to Women Memorial Garden, in Nauvoo, Illinois, mounted with a plaque that reads:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and
when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

Smith graduated from Brigham Young University and continued his graduate studies there until being accepted to the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. By 1968, after returning to Utah, Smith had set up his first studio in his father's old chicken coop and had begun to exhibit his work. His sculptural pieces range from life-size garden sculptures to small, figurative bronzes and are celebrations and explorations of the freedoms and restraints of childhood - expressions of the spontaneity of children, reflections of the past, and hopes for the future. This exploration of childhood and family has inspired artwork that is exhibited through galleries in the United States and is permanently installed in public plazas, airports and buildings.

22 x 12 x 8 in.