Dan Ostermiller1956 -
Born: 1956, Cheyenne, Wyoming
From a very young age, Dan Ostermiller was exposed to the artistic handling of the animal form; his father was a successful taxidermist, and this prompted him to decide that sculpting animals would become his life's work. Considered one of the foremost wildlife sculptors working in the United States today, Ostermiller is admired for his thorough knowledge of animal anatomy, his deft manipulation of line, form, and mass, and his tendency to approach his subjects with compassion and insight.
Throughout his career, Ostermiller has expanded his knowledge of wildlife and habitat with expeditions to Alaska, Africa, and all corners of the American West. His development has been a constant building and learning process. His sculptures capture a moment in time, implying a narrative, while depicting a mood. Ostermiller's personal experiences with animals are key to the design and character of each work.
Ostermiller began producing monumental sculpture in 1985, and since that time has executed numerous major commissions for museums, parks, and private corporations; in 1987 he was recognized by the governor of Wyoming at the dedication of one of his sculptures at the state capitol. His memberships include the National Sculpture Society, The Nature Conservancy, the National Audubon Society, the Society of Animal Artists, Ducks Unlimited, and the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep. He currently lives and works in Loveland, Colorado.