Vic Payne

Bio

Noted western sculptor and artist, Vic Payne has been sculpting for over 34 years.  He was born in 1960 to sculptor Ken and Priscilla Payne. Moving to a ranch in New Mexico instilled in Vic the roots of the West and became central in the shaping of this sculptor’s character. His families’ ranching heritage, tales of Billy the Kid, the Lincoln County Wars, pictures of paintings and bronzes by Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington made the “Old West” come alive and inspired Vic to try his own hand at sculpting. Vic's distinctive style and artistic approach to sculpting along with his attention to detail is widely recognized as being imaginative and innovative, chronicling the life and era of our nation’s history.  A sculptor of various sizes, including monumental bronzes, Vic's mission is to lead the viewer through an emotional journey telling a story with his art.  Whether he is creating wildlife, Native American or Western sculpture his passion is to capture the spirit of the West evoking the pioneering, independent, mystical spirit of the land and its people.  Studying and drawing inspiration from Master teachers such as Bruno Luccesi, Lincoln Fox, Fritz White and the impressive artistic works of European Master Michelangelo has had a significant impact in his work. As the demand for Vic’s work continued to grow, in 1991 he eventually opened his first gallery called Mountain Trails Gallery - www.mountaintrails.com.  Vic and his father, Ken Payne, were pioneers in an innovative concept of bronze sales through clay works-in-progress while sculpting in the gallery. This concept is now widely used throughout the Southwest Art Community by most sculptors. Over the past 20 years, Vic has been commissioned to sculpt numerous monumental bronze sculptures for corporations, municipalities and individuals. Commissioned by Cabela's, Vic has had the honor to sculpt several monumental bronze sculptures for their stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, Illinois and Louisiana.  His work is collected worldwide and can be found in such notable collections as the Raymond James Financial Institue Collection, the Booth Western Art Museum and The Pearce Civil War & Western Museum.  By incorporating his passion to preserve the history of the West to what he studies and creates has proven to be a successful marriage in Vic's career. Vic and his wife, Angie Maria and family now make their home in Cody, Wyoming, the home of legendary Buffalo Bill and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Artwork

Wild and Lonesome
Train Wreck, study
Restless in Santa Fe
Keeper of the Homeland Study
Keeper of the Homeland Maq
Vision of the Anasazi
Into The Wild
Overland Express
Yukon Encounter
Where the Buffalo Roam
Where Eagles Dare
Fly Fishing
Train Wreck
The North Winds of Chisholm
The Gift
The Contender
The Charge
The Capture of John Colter
September Morning
Restless in Santa Fe
Braveheart
Trail Boss
Memories
Out on a Limb
One Stormy Day
On the Trail of Long Knives
Old Man Winter Maquette
Long Trail Home
 Partners
A Leaf on a Stream
Hidden Treasure
Good Old Days
Far Side of the Mountain
Fire on the Mountain
Eagle Catcher Maquette
Cornucopia Winds
Changin Range
Call of the Greasy Grass
By the Cover of Moonlight
Chief Plenty Coups
Another Year to Grow
Circle the Wagons
Across the Raging Red
Ancient Hunter