As a child, William Hugh played with the cast metal images of
animals from his parents' trophy shop. He would collect and study these small
wildlife art sculptures - their detailed and polished surfaces intrigued him. With a
love for animals, he always looked forward to the next zoo or museum visit with his
parents. Growing up on a remote Wyoming ranch and spending summers in the Big Horn
Mountains gave many opportunities to watch the great variety of native wildlife.
Early attempts at art were encouraged. Producing wildlife art in
the form of a drawing or painting was common, but the presence and permanence of bronze
sculptures intrigued William Hugh. Within three decades, this curious young boy
would be creating bronze sculptures for his wildlife art clients around the world.
Our natural world and its inhabitants are not only the subjects of his
wildlife art, but also his teachers. This one-on-one contact between artist and
animal play an essential part in his artistic process. Thus, the spirit portrayed in
his wildlife art is more honest and believable. William Hugh wishes to touch the
viewer/collector of his artwork in a way that will remind them of an event, feeling or
memory from our natural world. Thus, during the fast pace of a hectic day, pleasure
or relief can be found in simply viewing his artistic reminder of a shared experience.