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Ken Payne (1938 - 2012)  Artworks >>

Born into the ranching heritage of the Southwest, Ken Payne began his artistic career as a painter, focusing on the landscapes, cowboys, and native peoples of the Southwest. While always pursuing his passion for art, Ken became an accomplished pilot, going from crop-dusting, to instructing, to flying smokejumpers, and then flying for a commercial airline. As a lifelong student of history, Ken spent many hours researching stories about the West. In the late 1970’s he decided to turn his talents toward Bronze Sculpture and for more than four decades produced close to 150 sculptures, depicting the action, danger, and even the humor of many a frontier situation. 
His sculptures have been collected nationally and internationally by both private and corporate collectors. Ken pioneered the idea of sculpting in public and was featured in a nationally-televised program entitled Sculpting with Ken Payne. Ken was respected in the art world as a talented sculptor, painter and businessman, establishing bronze casting foundries in Lincoln County, NM, as well as Arizona and Colorado. Ken also was the founder of Mountain Trails Gallery, Inc. where he established fine art galleries in Santa Fe, NM and Sedona, AZ. People came from all over the country and the world to hear him tell his stories as he sculpted into bronze the history of the disappearing American west. He touched the hearts of many with his spirited tales of a time when he lived in books as a child and from then on. He collected an extensive library, well worn and stained with paint and clay as he strived to portray with accuracy the fading ways of the cowboys, mountain men, pioneers, and the beloved Native Americans. His legacy will live on through the artistic talents of his sons, Vic and Phillip, and grandson Dustin Payne. He will be remembered as one of the most influential Western sculptors of the twenty-first century. Source

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