"William Bruce" by Anita Watts Fine Bronze Sculpture Commissions
William Bruce, of Scottish ancestry, was born in Virginia in 1762. He served as a Private in the Revolutionary War and fought at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. In 1806 Bruce explored the area along St Clair's Creek, located a site to settle, purchased almost two thousand acres and founded Eaton, Ohio. He reserved the creek, and its adjoining land, for himself and his heirs, and marked the falls as sites for his gristmill and sawmill. He specified that if the land were not used for those purposes, it would remain a common area. He laid out wide streets and neat building lots, and generously gave public lots for a courthouse, school, churches and burial ground. When the Legislature created Preble County two years later, Bruce led a successful campaign to name Eaton as the County Seat.
Photo by Eddie Mowen Jr. for The Register-Herald
Anita Watts sculptor of bronze sculpture commissions: Children | Bronze Portraiture | Memorials | Historical Figurative Subjects | Canine | Equine | Arabian Horses | Children Sculpture: "William Bruce"
The majority of my work is done on commission as bronze portraits of people and animals. I enjoy working with clients and watch for the way they connect and interact with others. I also enjoy sculpting all kinds of animals doing things with people, young and old. My intent is to capture that special look that identifies the unique personality of my subject. I am always in pursuit of excellence, combining my artistic vision with an infinite love for people and animals, and transforming that into bronze sculpture.