Ott Jones, a professional sculptor for 35 years, has created a diverse collection of wildlife and sporting sculpture. Widely collected, Ott is in prominent collections around the world. He was honored in having Queen Elizabeth acquire his sculpture, Birth of the Labrador, and was included in the United Kingdom's Kennel Club Art Gallery exhibition.
A member of Allied Artists of America, he won the Gold Medal of Honor in 2023 for his river otter monument, "River Rascals". In 2022, he was honored with the Gilbert & Marion Roller Award for his blue heron monument, "Queen of the Waterway". In 2021 Allied Artists awarded Ott the Ranieri Sculpture Casting Award for his peregrine falcon/teal sculpture, "Survival of the Fittest". He has participated in numerous juried shows and museum exhibitions including including the Brinton Museum, C. M. Russell Museum, High Desert Museum, Mountain Oyster Club, National Museum of Wildlife Art, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, National Sculpture Society, SEWE, Society of Animal Artists National Museum Tour and Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.
Over his career, Ott has placed several of life-size and monumental sculptures. Perhaps two of his most notable pieces are a life-size fly fisherman and Labrador retriever at Bozeman/Yellowstone International Airport and "Jim Bridger - King of the Mountain Men" monument in front of Bozeman’s Chamber of Commerce.
Growing up in Spokane, Washington, he has been a wildlife enthusiast ever since he was a boy. “As far back as I can remember, dad and I were bird hunting and fishing together. Because of these great experiences, I developed a deep appreciation and fascination for wildlife and a passion for the outdoors. At an early age, I began drawing and sculpting the animals and birds I observed.”
After attending Washington State University on a tennis scholarship and graduating, he went to Alaska and worked as a fishing guide for three summers and a welder’s helper in Prudhoe Bay for a year. It was during this period that he realized that sculpting was his passion.
Ott, his wife Joan of 35 years, and their four children live in Bozeman, Montana. "I am fortunate in having a career as a wildlife sculptor and to be living in Montana. "It’s a great place to raise a family and to work as a sculptor. The abundant wildlife, wilderness and resources, provides me with endless ideas and inspiration for my work.”