The Buda Lion’s Club commissioned Marla Ripperda in 2007 to create an original racing wiener dog sculpture for their annual wiener dog races in the Spring in Buda, Texas. At the time, Marla thought she should make a racing armadillo as well. It took several years before she found the time to craft “Wanna Race?” the fanciful little fellow purchased and generously donated by Ann Lancaster.
What is my art about? It’s about raucous joy, quiet beauty, and the humor which makes us HUMan.
Marla Ripperda is a 5th generation Texan and Board Member Emerita of the Texas Society of Sculptors (T.S.O.S). She studied design and art history at the University of Texas and has participated in numerous art-related continuing education classes. In 2000 Marla moved from Austin to Lake Buchanan near Burnet, Texas to set up her studio in the beautiful Highland Lakes area.
Marla considers herself a commissioned artist, meaning she prefers working with an individual client who has an idea, a place and a budget to create a unique and individual work of art. Whether sculpting, painting or teaching Marla tries to give back to the community a small part of the joy and fulfillment she finds in creating art.