Animal Artistry began in 1980 as a mid-life crisis. Disillusioned with my chosen career, I decided to try to do something that I really loved-taxidermy. Since childhood, I have been utterly fascinated with animals and with the concept of preserving their beauty. To that end, I tendered my resignation and put together a small studio in my garage. Much to the credit of my wife, she tolerated the mess and the fumes that transcended into our home.
Up to that point, I had never seen a financially successful taxidermist. Our initial goal was to give it two years. If it didn’t work out we would call it therapy and move on to a real job. Fortunately, we came along at the right time with the right concept. The vision I had of wildlife was not of a stuffed, stagnant trophy, but of a living, moving animal, with all the grace and dignity that they displayed. It was the right product at the right time, animals in motion, and the art of the animal.
We were eventually kicked out of our garage by the neighbors and forced to take a small commercial building (which should have been condemned). Having no background in business, there was the dual struggle of developing a new form of taxidermy while developing some kind of business model. Probably made every mistake that can be made and eventually found a way that worked. Today, Animal Artistry is one of the most respected taxidermy studios in the world, employing thirty five people, having a facility of forty thousand square feet. It is truly an American success story and even now, it is not finished.
Animal Artistry is not a production taxidermy studio.
That is to say, we do not buy a generic form and attach a skin to it as quickly as possible. Every trophy we mount is individually designed and sculptured to reflect anatomy accuracy and genuine wildlife behavior. Each piece is an original, designed to enhance the animal’s best features and to fit into the available display. This takes an enormous amount of time and creative talent, not to mention the extra material expense of an original design. We spend at least twice as much time on each mount as the typical commercial shop.
We don’t stop there…
When actually mounting the animal, we use exact standards with emphasis on symmetry, detail and overall durability.
We use only state of the art materials including custom eyes and custom tan. The same exacting standards continue when the animal is detailed out in its natural habitat set up. The end result is that you have much more than a mount… you have an original piece of wildlife art designed especially for you and for the best features of your animal.
We look forward to working with you in creating a piece of taxidermy you will enjoy for years to come.