Biography

“Art is my chance to create and celebrate that which is beautiful, noble or important to the human spirit.”

It seems for as long as I can remember two things have dominated my thoughts, time and ambitions: horses and art. I was playing at both as a kid and I am still playing at them as an adult. (The more things change the more they stay the same.)

I grew up on a cattle ranch in the foothills of Pincher Creek, Alberta. We rode horse before we could walk and grew up with an appreciation for the people, the creatures and the way of life that is our western heritage. These have been the inspiration of much of my art and life.

My mother tells me that I wanted to do something artistic from the moment they put a pencil in my hand. Art has been so much a part of my life that I can’t imagine life without it.

My career as a bronze artist began in 1979 when I was 25 years old. It was then that I learned the method of bronze casting and with a certain amount of trepidation and a healthy does of ambition decided to make my living as a professional artist. With hard work, the support of my family, friends and art dealers I have been fortunate to have my work collected by people and corporations from many walks of life.

One of the great joys of my life is my daughter Sheena. She has become the subject of various sculptures. Sheena has from time to time requested or suggested that I do certain creatures or themes (commissions of the heart).

My wife Verna, Sheena & I live outside of Lethbridge. We have 60 acres where we have a small equestrian facility. Our dogs and the presence of wildlife in the area help make for a rich and full life.

I feel very honoured to be a part of other people’s lives through art and sincerely hope that it brings them a measure of joy and happiness as they collect, receive or give gifts of various sculptures from the 350 limited editions as of 2005.

Art Education
MATTHEW HALTON HIGH SCHOOL, PINCHER CREEK, ALBERTA
Art 10, 20 & 30 plus advanced extra credit course

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, LETHBRIDGE, AB
While attending the University of Lethbridge for two years, I majored in fine arts, taking classes in ceramics, sculputre & art history.

In 1978 after leaving the University of Lethbridge, I spent a brief apprenticeship with a bronze sculptor, Leon Levesque, of Pincher Creek, Alberta. He taught me the fundamentals of working in bronze.

After this period in 1979, I set up my own foundry and have been employed solely on the merit of my art ever since.