About The Artist
"Becoming an artist was not one of the things I had in mind as I was growing up," says wild-
life 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."
Living in Lake Tahoe for many years and later moving to
Montana gave Robert a great opportunity to observe wildlife and
gain inspiration from the rugged and beautiful land. "My wife
Rae Ann was really the first artist in our family. She had learned
pottery as a means of financial survival in Montana during the
1970's. Her pottery business was doing so well that I became her
assistant to keep up on the orders. Even though this was
challenging work and we were very successful, there was a
natural desire to change direction and wildlife sculpture provided
an exciting opportunity."
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.
"Going-To-The-Sun" 24" Tall $4,500
"Rocky Romance" 19" Tall $3,250
"Spring Training" 26" Tall $6,200
Robert, Rae & Family
Claywork In Progress
"Outfoxed" Life-size Sold Out
"The Trickster" 18" Tall $1,750
Great Blue Heron 24" Tall $4,500