Artwork produced between 1990 and 1999
In the early 1990’s David Phelps decided to move back to the family farm in California with the idea of converting an unused barn into a studio. About a year into that plan he realized that Oklahoma was more conducive to sculpting than the Central Valley, so he moved back. In 1992 Phelps began teaching sculpture at the University of Central Oklahoma as an Adjunct Professor. In 1994, friends Liz Hahn and Tom Ross told Phelps that they were opening a gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Phelps joined the Hahn Ross Gallery which then proceeded to sell his work to collectors from all over the world.
Significant pieces that Phelps created during this period were Voyagers in 1994, Desert Dreamer in ’96, the Desert Wildlife installation in the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada and the large scale bronze Nancy in 1999.