Montana artist, Ott Jones, a professional sculptor for nearly 30 years, has created a diverse collection of wildlife and sporting bronzes. His thoroughly researched pieces are recognized for their strong compositions, pleasing movement, striking textures and subtly colored patinas.
A member of the Allied Artists of America, he has also shown with the National Sculpture Society, Society of Animal Artists National Tour and Southeastern Wildlife Expositon. He was recently honored by having the Queen of England acquire his sculpture, Birth of the Labrador. Over his career, he has placed 45 life-size and monumental sculptures throughout the country. Three of these sculptures can be seen in the Gallatin Valley; Chief Morning Star (Morning Star School), Jim Bridger – King of the Mountain Men (Bozeman Chamber of Commerce) and Stream Side Companions, the fly fisherman and Labrador retriever (Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport).
After attending Washington State University on a tennis scholarship and graduating, Ott worked in Alaska for three summers as a fishing guide and a welder’s helper on the North Slope. It was during his time spent in Alaska that he realized he wanted to become a professional sculptor. “Alaska and its abundant wildlife has been one of the greatest influences on my art career.” “I am very fortunate and honored in having a career as a wildlife sculptor and being able to support my family while living in Montana. It’s a wonderful place to call home and provides such great outdoor opportunities and inspiration which allows me to observe, on a daily basis, the wildlife that is so important to me”. Ott, his wife, Joan, and their four children live in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana.
Growing up in Spokane, Washington, Ott’s interest in wildlife and outdoor adventure was kindled as a young boy by his father. “As far back as I can remember dad and I were bird hunting and fishing together. He instilled in me the appreciation and respect for wildlife and the outdoors. Because of these great experiences at an early age, I developed a fascination for animals and birds, which I began sculpting and sketching.”