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Spending countless hours observing and studying his subjects, Montana sculptor Ott Jones is a true student of his profession. "One can never learn enough and there is no substitute for research. I need to know my subject inside and out - their anatomy and personality in order to portray it accurately in a piece of sculpture."
"I'm often asked what inspires me to do a sculpture and what am I trying to achieve. Of course, I need to be inspired. For me, inspiration is usually spontaneous and can happen at anytime - sitting in a duck blind, wading a stream, hiking a mountain, playing catch with my son, visiting a zoo, etc. Once inspired, I create a miniature clay study of how I envision the sculpture to be. I bend and push this clay study around until I'm happy with the design and composition."
For Ott, the most important aspect before actually starting his original is deciding on a pleasing design and composition. "This is the key to it all and the essence of fine sculpture. A well designed piece of sculpture will be visually balanced and be pleasing to the viewer's eye. This is why knowing your subject's anatomy and how to incorporate it with the design and composition is crucial."
"When I am completely satisfied with my study, I start the original sculpture. My objective is also to create a piece of art that tells a story and has a certain mood, whether it be affection, aggression, playful, serious, etc."
 "Occasionally, I will add suspense to the story I am trying to convey, like 'Desperate Descent,' 'Arctic Ambush' and 'Dog Days Of Summer.' No one knows what the outcome will be - whether or not the peregrine falcon will catch the duck, if the grizzly bear will hang on to the salmon or if the fly fisherman will land his fish, maybe his dog will! The story is untold, thus leaving the ending up to the imagination of the viewer."
 When he is not researching or sculpting in his studio, Ott participates in several juried, gallery and private shows every year. He is represented by several distinguished art galleries across the country from Carmel, California, to Charleston, South Carolina. Over the years, he has placed more than a dozen life size sculptures in various locations around the United States.
On a recent trip to Italy, Ott studied Italian Renaissance Art and some of history's greatest sculptors - Michelangelo, Bernini and Donatello. "It was such an education for me and seeing their monumental-sized marble sculptures is something that is simply unimaginable."
Ott, his wife Joan, and their four children make their home in the Gallatin Valley, outside Bozeman, Montana. "I am very fortunate to be living and working in such a great place. I'm reminded of that every time I look out my studio window." Ott, an avid outdoors man, loves fly fishing, bird hunting, and archery.
Attending Washington State University on a tennis scholarship, Ott graduated in 1982. After college, he went to Alaska where he worked as a fishing guide for three summers and welder's helper on the Alaska pipeline in Prudhoe Bay for one year. "It was during my time in Alaska that I decided to become a wildlife sculptor. Living in that vast wilderness and observing all of its wildlife was something I'll always remember."

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