Tim Shinabarger is an award-winning American sculptor and painter internationally known for his portrayals of wildlife. Today, his works in bronze can be found in major museums and private collections, including the Autry National Center’s Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming.
Among some of his accolades: Being a four time winner of the coveted James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award at the annual Prix de West Invitational and earning similar distinctions from the National Sculpture Society, National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Society of Animal Artists. Most recently, in 2016 and 2017, he has had monumental sculptures permanently placed on the grounds of the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the CM Russell Museum.
-- Todd Wilkinson
Wild Horse Island Ram
Out of the North
The Wild Horse Island Ram is the world record bighorn sheep. A ram that lived out his life on Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake. He died of natural causes and was picked up by Fish Wildlife and Parks personnel. Being that the island is a State Park the skull belongs to the people of Montana. Not only does this ram have the largest horns ever known to exist on a bighorn sheep, but to my eye they are some of the most beautiful. To an artist it isn’t the size so much as the beauty of the curl and the balance found in this particularly pleasing set of horns. Such massive horns are the direct result of a quality habitat. The Island is unique in that is has some of the last remaining natural Palouse Prairie. A wonderful conservation success story, the island has provided over five hundred sheep to transplant into other areas as restoration efforts continue.