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D. Michael Thomas (b. 1954)  Artworks >>

A cowboy and sculptor whose highly detailed cowboy sculpture reflect his own life, D Michael Thomas has a studio and barn together on his Wyoming property overlooking the town of Buffalo. He models his bronzes after real people but works primarily from memory and not from photos. He was born in Big Piney, Wyoming to a five-generation Western family that includes the famous mountain man, Joe Meek. His father was a game warden and taught him about animals including the raising and riding of horses and the life of a cowboy. In his family, art was encouraged by his mother who was an accomplished easel painter. She introduced her son to the work of Charles Russell. A second grade teacher reinforced him by displaying his paintings in the school hallways. But Thomas didn't really get serious about art until he attended the University of Wyoming majoring in Animal Science. One of his friends was sculpting in bronze, gave him some clay, and he was very taken with it, quickly losing himself in the creative process. He earned the degree in Animal Science, worked for the Production Credit Association, and later managed a feed and ranching supply store. He was also selling his sculpture on the side, and in 1993, made the full commitment to this endeavor as a profession. Soon after he was winning awards at the George Phippen Show. He is also a musician and performs on trail rides by playing the guitar and singing. He is on the Board of Directors of the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo and is part of the volunteer fire department. Source

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