|"Everyone has a story.
For me, it includes the blessing of being married 35 years and
the father of three beautiful daughters, three wonderful
sons-in-law, and two amazing grandchildren. I’ve also had
the pleasure of being a college professor for over thirty years.
But I have also worked as a cowboy camp cook, feeding 20 hungry
men and women at a time before and after a hard day riding.
I’ve watched from horseback as the sunrise lit up Pike’s Peak,
and rode hard to prevent a string of mules from “blowing up”
when their packs began to slip going down a steep mountain
trail. I also spend as much time exploring the outdoors as
I can. In fact, it was an experience in the Wichita Mountains
Wildlife Preserve in southwestern Oklahoma that gave Bison Art
Studio its name.
||"When I moved to Oklahoma
over twenty-five years ago, I was camping in the boulder-strewn
Wichita Mountains, home to free-ranging herds of elk, longhorn
cattle, and bison. After banking my fire for the night and
climbing into my sleeping bag, I fell asleep under a cloudless,
full moon sky. Just before dawn I woke up. The moon was still
shining and the ground was covered in a thin layer of frost. It
was silent, except for the sound of low rumbling and an
occasional explosive snort. I rolled over and saw a small herd
of bison moving almost silently through my campsite. I was
struck by their beauty and grace, their sense of calm confidence
and power. To me, they symbolized what the American West had
been and still was: strong, beautiful, and enduring. And though
I live in Birmingham now, I’ve brought that Western aesthetic
with me and continue to develop my art and my craft as a master
|"It has been said that the
things we surround ourselves with should look and feel
beautiful. As an artist, I agree with that. I also believe they
should endure. I’ve worked in various media--wood, photography,
digital art--and they are all rewarding in their own way. But it
was when I discovered leatherwork that I realized I had found
the medium that really united all of my passions as a person and
artist. Leather lends itself to practical use, but also looks
and feels beautiful. It captures the romance of the old west,
but is equally at home in the boardroom as on the ranch. Leather
connects me to my love of the outdoors and the cowboy way of
life, and gives me the privilege and pleasure of bringing that
aesthetic to everyone I create a custom work of art for. Each
book, or portfolio, knife sheath, or set of spur straps is
created to last a lifetime. Each one is designed to capture the
beauty of the leather using traditional western designs and
modern motifs. Each one brings to you the timeless qualities of
the Bison: strength, beauty, and endurance."
You can see more of David's work at his web site.
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