Noted western sculptor and artist, Vic Payne was born on February 23, 1960 and has been sculpting for over 37 years. Vic’s artistic approach to sculpting and his attention to detail has been nationally and internationally 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. 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.
As the demand for Vic’s work continued to grow, in 1991 he eventually opened his own gallery known as Mountain Trails. Over the past 20 years, Vic has been commissioned to create numerous monumental bronze sculptures for corporations, municipalities and private collectors. Commissioned by Cabela’s, Vic has had the honor to sculpt several monuments for their stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, Illinois and Louisiana. Other monuments and smaller bronze sculptures are placed in the permanent collection of Artesia MainStreet Foundation, Booth Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Raymond James Financial Institutions, and Western Spirit Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Yates Petroleum, and Mack Energy in New Mexico.