Known primarily for his life-size bronze sculpture of children and people at play, Dan's portfolio also includes sculpture of fishermen, skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, surfers, golfers, tennis, soccer, baseball and basketball players, ballet dancers, Santa Claus, a young falconer with his goshawk, a few dogs and four Lucky Cats.
Dan Hill's talent for sulpting emerged accidentally in 1974 when he was lounging around at home recuperating from a work related foot injury. While watching an old western on television, he began messing around with a toothpick and some playdough my two sisters and I had been playing with. By the time the movie had ended Dad had sculpted a small bust , capturing a remarkable likeness of actor Lee Marvin. These humble beginnings as a sculptor were followed by the early success of two sports action sculpture commissions and a first place ribbon in the Professional Sculpture Division at the Utah State Fair. The demands of running his own landscape business and raising a family curtailed Dad's sculpting activity during the mid-1980s and early 1990s. During this time his creative talents were focused on designing and creating elaborate perennial gardens and other landscape features. He also discovered a talent for painting landscapes using acrylics and oils.
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