Montana artist, Ott Jones, a professional sculptor for 34 years, has created a diverse collection of wildlife and sporting sculpture. His pieces are recognized for their pleasing compositions and subtly colored patinas. A member of Allied Artists Of America, he has participated in hundreds of exhibitions and events across the country including National Sculpture Society, Society of Animal Artists, SEWE and Waterfowl Festival. He was honored to have recently received the Gilbert and Marian Roller Sculpture Award at the 107th Allied Artists of America Exhibition for his blue heron monument, Queen of the Waterway.
His work is widely collected and is in many prominent corporate and private collections across the globe. He was honored in having Queen Elizabeth acquire his sculpture, Birth of the Labrador. Over his career, Ott has placed 47 life-size and monumental sculptures throughout the nation.
An avid outdoorsman, Ott has spent a lifetime observing his subjects in their natural environment. “Working from life is essential to accurately portray my subjects in sculpture. Not only do I need to understand anatomy but it’s crucial in knowing their personality and unique gestures.”
Growing up in Spokane, Wash., Ott’s fascination for wildlife was kindled as a boy by his father through hunting and fishing. Attending Washington State University on a tennis scholarship, he graduated with a degree in education. After college, he worked as a fishing guide in Alaska for three summers and a welder’s helper on the North Slope before starting his full time sculpting career in 1987.
Ott, his wife Joan of 33 years, and their four children make their home in Bozeman, Montana. “Montana is such a great place to raise a family and provides me with invaluable inspiration for my work. I am so fortunate and grateful to live here and to be doing what I do for a living.”