SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 2006
Dan Ostermiller was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the son of a famed taxidermist. He decided early in his life to forego working in the family business for a more flexible form of self-expression. However, the experience he had gained under his father’s tutelage influenced Ostermiller’s career and was ultimately responsible for his interest in becoming a sculptor of animals as well as for his complete understanding of animal form.
Ostermiller has enlarged the scope of his knowledge of wildlife with expeditions to Alaska, Africa and all corners of the West.
“If I have a trademark,” Ostermiller has said, “it’s the character I put in pieces. I incorporate, I hope, strong design. I give people something they can relate to and a good piece of sculpture.”
Since his first show in 1980, Ostermiller has rapidly achieved professional and public recognition. In 2003, he became president of the National Sculpture Society.