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. 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 financial 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.