“Becoming an artist was not one of the things I had in mind as I was growing up," says wildlife sculptor Robert Ball. "In fact the possibility never entered my mind until much later in life. Looking back however, I can see a connecting thread leading from the past to the present. That connection being a love of wildlife and the habitat providing them sanctuary."
Primarily self-taught, Robert participated in some workshops taught by renowned sculptor Gerald Balciar. "This provided a significant boost to my level of skill, inspiration, and commitment," he adds. Recognition came rapidly over the next few years with Best Of Show and Best Sculpture awards from National and International events such as the C.M. Russell Auction; National Western Art Show; Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show; Oklahoma Wildlife Art Festival; National Wildlife Art Show; and The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show.
Robert's sculpture was selected as a Public Works Monument by the Oklahoma Wildlife Stewardship Committee, Tulsa, OK, 1997; He was also Featured Sculptor at the Clymer Museum Exhibit, Ellensburg, WA, 1999; Selected as Featured Artist at the National Wildlife Art Show in Overland Park, KS, 2000; Featured Artist at Thunderbird Artists, Scottsdale Fine Art Show, 2006; & Selected for Sculpture In The Streets Exhibit, Mesa, AZ. 2007
Robert enjoys creating his works in the timeless medium of bronze. His sculpture brings forth the unique and often whimsical nature of the animal kingdom. "I believe animals are similar to people in that each is an individual in their appearance and behavior. I try to bring that out in my work by focusing on their body attitude and facial expression," he reveals.
Robert spends Montana summers and Arizona winters with his wife Rae Ann, their dogs and a menagerie of bunnies. They enjoy exploring the scenic byways and open road on their Harley's.