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Austin Barton was raised in the Snake River and Wallowa Valleys of Eastern Oregon. He earned a living in those days breaking horses, working on farms and ranches, and in logging and construction. However, even as a young boy Austin's dream was to become an artist.
After a tour in the Navy during WWII and later completing commercial art school, he spent the next 20 years as a fashion and merchandise illustrator at a well-known outlet, working his way up to head of the art department. Although he was accomplished in many forms of fine art, his primary interest "came home" to sculpture. He cast his first piece in 1985 at age 56 and has never looked back.
Austin quickly made a place for himself in the international bronze market. He now sells his sculptures in galleries across the United States and has been featured in a number of publications. His impressive bronzes can be found in many private and corporate collections, including several museums. Austin's love of nature and his natural gift for form and feeling have made his western, Indian, and wildlife sculptures, in the opinion of some, “rivals of the old masters”.