Meet My Muse: Deirdre

Ever wondered about your muse? I’ve known mine since I was a little girl. I’ve ignored her a lot, but I’ve always known who and what she was.

I met her when I was about nine…on a school field trip to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She wasn’t part of any traveling collection, she was a piece of statuary from when the museum was a private (very posh) residence. I loved her so much, that when DH and I were first married I took him to Philbrook for the express purpose of meeting her.

But I’ve never had a decent picture of her…until the wonders of the Internet arrived. A quick google search and I FOUND HER! I immediately contacted the photographer, Bob Smith, and asked for permission to introduce her to my world. He graciously gave it. So here she is…my muse:

Wood Nymph from Philbrook

Here’s a more detailed photo, also courtesy of Mr. Smith:

Wood Nymph-close

I’ve always thought of her as joy personified. If you ever have the chance, visit Philbrook and get to know her in person. She’s worth it!


About Debbie Mumford

Debbie Mumford specializes in fantasy and paranormal romance. She loves mythology and is especially fond of Celtic and Native American lore. She writes about faeries, dragons, and other fantasy creatures for adults as herself and for tweens and young adults as Deb Logan. Visit to learn more about her currently available work.

Posted on June 19, 2013, in Authors - Debbie Mumford and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Now THAT is someone to know! Such energy in the piece, it’s wonderful. Is Dierdre her “given” name or something you saw in her?

  2. I named her Deirdre. I don’t think the piece is named, but she’s always been my favorite 😀

  3. What a beautiful sculpture! Any idea who the sculptor might be? I love that even her shadow seems to be leaping into the unknown.
    And now my Muse is asking where I might find a sculpture of him. 🙂

  4. I don’t know the sculptor. As I said, she’s part of the decor of the mansion, an indoor fountain, I believe. (It’s been years since I’ve seen her in person!)

  5. Wow, she looks just my daughter will in a few years. She’s 10 now and her body is not yet developed this far, but the joy and agility is there, plus, her second name is Joy. It fits way too well. 😉

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