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Biography

    
  

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. 

 

An elected member of Allied Artists of America, he won the top sculpture award in 2020, the Gilbert & Marion Roller Award for his 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 Brinton Museum, C. M. Russell Museum, High Desert Museum, Mountain Oyster Club, National Museum of Wildlife Art, National Sculpture Society, SEWE, and Society of Animal Artists.  

Over his career, Ott has placed dozens 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.”