Dustin Payne is known for his western portrayal of history in bronze sculpture. With his traditional style, he encapsulates the feeling and detail of the western way of life.
Growing up as a third generation sculptor in his family, he learned the trade at an early age and sold his first sculpture at the age of 10. He enjoyed reading the history and art books in his father’s studio, learning alongside him and being influenced by the great artists that came before. Feeling fortunate to have always been surrounded by great mentors, horses, and ranching, Dustin adds a little bit of his own heritage in every piece of artwork that he sculpts. At a young age, Dustin was inspired by the drawings and books of Will James and is greatly honored to be kin to the Great Texas Cattle King, Charles Goodnight.
Dustin is fascinated with the American West, which inspires him to study and recreate these historical moments in his own artwork. He believes this exciting and beautiful era should be preserved for future generations and is honored to capture it in bronze.
You can find Dustin’s life-size monument honoring the history of the Texas Rangers, “The Legend, The Lore, The Law”, in Fredericksburg, Texas, and is busy this year, working on a life-size monument of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving for Pueblo, Colorado. Dustin’s art is in fine art galleries across the country.
Resides: Cody, Wyoming USA
Artistic Specialization: Western sculpture in bronze/Monumental commission sculpture in bronze
The History of the American West has always been fascinating to me. From the early settlers who shaped the West, to the Native American Culture that spanned across the country; the historical journals, stories, photographs, and events, are what inspire me to sculpt. To start with a simple block of clay and finish with a sculpture in bronze, depicting a historical scene, frozen in time, is the basis for my approach. The real inspiration comes into play when creating the features in the art that evoke a feeling of wonder and curiosity. Each piece should capture the emotion and meaning that the viewer can relate to through their own stories of the past or a love of American History that they share with the artist.
I believe this exciting and beautiful era should be preserved for future generations and I am honored to capture it in bronze sculpture. I hope that my admiration of fine art and historical culture comes out in every piece that I create. -Dustin Payne