Ashley Tudor is a San Francisco-based artist and hunter who creates striking bronze skull replicas in an effort to achieve a more sculptural approach to taxidermy. Equally interested in nutrition and field-to-table cooking, Tudor began hunting upland birds and deer with her brother five years ago in order to feel a greater connection to her food—she wound up discovering the potential for creating lasting bonds with family and friends in the outdoors.
Tudor’s artwork has an appeal that extends beyond the hunting community, and although she is just starting out, she hopes to collaborate with hunters and art collectors on these contemporary euro-style mounts as a full-time career. She is also exploring how to bring her creativity to another part of her hunting experience: By using contemporary technology to craft a custom gun stock and build her own upland gun for future hunts.
Read on to see how Tudor molds, sculpts, casts, welds, and finishes—a process that takes at least three months—a piece like this 12-point bull elk.