These life-size sculptures are installed at the entrance of Sandhill Shores, an exclusive community located across from a wildlife estuary on Galveston Island on the east Texas shore of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Sandhill Crane is surprisingly graceful in flight and migrates yearly to Texas for the winter. It’s fun to watch the elegant beauty of this wonder of nature as it walks in the wetlands of south Texas.
St. Mary’s University Diamondback Rattle Snake
Opening its mouth while moving forward to strike, a rattler can move with lightning speed. The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is the mascot of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
This bronze is five feet in diameter and stands three & a half feet high above the natural limestone base. This monument was presented to St. Mary’s University by the Senior Class of 2000 and has been installed on campus near the convocation center.
The War Dog Memorial
The sculpture depicts a Black German Shepherd as if it’s ready to step into the unknown danger ahead.
The monument is dedicated to all the K-9 Soldiers, WAR DOGS OF AMERICA, who have served this nation faithfully and well from the Revolutionary War to the present day as scouts, sentries, and members of search and rescue teams. Serving in all branches of the armed forces, these courageous canines have saved thousands of soldiers, often at the cost of their own lives, and have brought a touch of home to the madness of the battlefield.
This bronze is two times life size and stands forty eight inches from the right paw to the shoulder. It is mounted on a granite base. It was installed in the spring of 2005, at the H. Lee Dennison Federal Building in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.
I was commissioned to do the Texas Christian University’s Mascot “Superfrog” for the 2012 Legacy Project by the student council .
He is a character of a Texas Horned Frog sitting on a TCU bench with the left hand doing the “GO FROGS” hand signal. This life size sculpture sculpture stands five & a half feet tall sitting and is located in the Quad Center near the student center. I have been told that it is a favorite place to have your picture taken by students, alumni, and visitors on campus.
So named because it was a “shy gift”. I was approached by a husband who wanted a tasteful nude sculpture of his wife. When I met his wife, I realized that she was very shy but was willing to pose to please her husband. They were both very happy with the final work of art.
This sculpture of a two year old girl captures the moment she ran from the bathtub to greet her daddy as he came home early from work. Her parents were with me as the sculpture went from drawings to the finished clay. As I worked on sculpting her features & all the details like her fingers & face, she would sit on her moms lap eating snacks to help keep her focused.
The Colonel Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award
This sculpture depicts Colonel Allgood in scrubs installing an “external stabilizer” on the left arm of a wounded soldier. The crest of SOMOS is imposed diagonally at one end of the bronze.
Colonel Allgood served his country as an Orthopaedic surgeon and a champion for the wounded warrior. He was killed in combat in Iraq on January 20, 2007.
In his name and memory, SOMOS established the Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award in 2007. Candidates for the Brian Allgood Award are military Orthopaedic surgeons who have distinguished themselves as exceptional leaders in military Orthopaedic surgery. This award is presented to the individual who best exemplifies Colonel Allgood’s attributes of selfless leadership, commitment to excellence in military Orthopaedics, and loyalty to the ideas of Duty, Honor, and Country.
Monetary donations can be made to the COL Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award. Donations should be noted for “COL Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award and sent to SOMOS at:
The Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
110 West Road, Suite 227
Towson, MD 21204-2136
Neva Masters Sculpture
In 2009 I was asked to create the Neva Masters sculpture for the Memorial Butterfly Garden at Leon Springs Elementary School. This piece honors Neva Masters exemplary 17 years of service as the school’s librarian.
The bronze depicts a book with a Shell Silverstein poem embossed on an open page. The butterfly emerging from the book serves as a focal point in the butterfly garden. Two dedication plaques were created and placed on the limestone base of the sculpture and on the school wall facing the garden.
Heart of UIW
By Doug Roper
This sculpture is the Maquette of the 5’ X 6’ sculpture commissioned by the University of the Incarnate Word & placed in front of the Mabee Library in 2018 as a student body Legacy Project.
Limited Edition of 100
H 8” by L 6½”
On Gossamer Wings
By Doug Roper
This unique sculpture is a concept piece for a limited edition sculpture. The sterling silver wings of this Monarch butterfly hover over the rose as it drinks the sweet nectar for its long migration from Mexico to Canada & back.
Approximately 8“ H bronze setting on a 6“ round base.
Class of 2004 Air Force Academy Plaque
This was the first year I sculpted the emblem from the Senior Class Ring. It was completed for the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Every year they honor the senior class by dedicating a cast aluminum plaque which is mounted on the wall of the chapel. This is a tradition that dates to the opening of the academy.
Class of 2005 Air Force Academy Plaque
This is the second year I was chosen to sculpt the Senior Class Ring Plaque for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
Class of 2006 Air Force Academy Plaque
This is the third year I was chosen to sculpt the Senior Class Ring Plaque for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.