Red is the color of fire and heat; the graduated red coral stones, lined up across this slinky lizard’s back, beautifully suggest the hot sun of the desert, home of these appealing little creatures.
Lee Charley is a gifted silversmith and this sinuous lizard is made with all the skill and care of his more “serious” pieces.
Carefully formed to look realistic, the details Lee created with just a few hand stamping motifs is remarkable.
The splayed paws, the googly eyes, the gracefully tapered tail, are the naturalistic background for the artist’s virtuoso stamp work.
Overlapping fluted half-circles cover the whole body. graduating to practically invisible, at the tip of the tail.
These precisely stamped designs marvelously simulate the scales on a real little lizard.
Raised silver balls form the ever-searching eyes, and parade along the tail, as well.
All that muted texture is relieved by the vibrant red of the little coral cabochons, with their smoothly rounded surfaces, and by the glistening silver domes.
A delightful, meticulously naturalistic, yet graceful, rendition of a traditional creature from the desert.
Pin it, or hang it from a chain; it will always look intriguing and elicit admiration.