Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 52

SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Rylie credits the Fowlers, daughter and grandson of Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, with getting his Bare Bones Carving business out of the chute. “If it wasn’t for them, I’m not sure I would continue doing my skulls, because I wouldn’t know what to do, or even be in the position that I am. Huge credit to them, definitely.” The young artist now works for the Fowlers who even helped him solve his transportation problems. “He is such a good young man who needed a break,” Dayna Fowler said when contacted. “My parents always told us, me and my brother growing up, that they were always willing to help someone who was willing to help themselves.” And Rylie was more than willing. “He’s such a hard worker, and like a sponge.” Sometime after hiring Rylie the Fowlers became aware of his skull art and, understandably, were amazed. “I didn’t know it at the time, but he had only been doing that for like maybe a year,” Dayna Fowler said. “He didn’t even realize how gifted he was; he had no clue. I saw the pictures and my mouth popped open.” Fowler said when she saw Rylie’s work she knew she had to have one of the skulls to gift to her dad for Christmas. She and her brother commissioned the piece and Rylie finished it in 50 Rylie Johnson’s starting canvas