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The new bronze age.

A MAN OF MANY TALENTS, photographer, artist, sculptor, Mike Barlow lives in a cozy house nestled outside of Yellowstone Park in Pray, Montana. He has surrounded himself with that which he loves most: nature. His studio is lined with dozens of prints spanning a 15-year professional photography career. Mounts adorn the walls as well, exhibiting a lifetime of love and appreciation for the hunt.

More often than not, Barlow's sculptures start out as photographs he has taken or experiences he has seen afield.

"The actual sculpting time is not even close to the amount of time behind each piece spent in the field," he explains. "It's years and years of studying gestures and movements."

After gathering the sufficient amount of photographic reference, Barlow crafts a wire skeleton of his subjects and proceeds to roughly pack on clay. Slowly, a unique and classic piece of art emerges. Barlow's methods are confident, as he has been working with his hands and clay for the last 15 years. The sculpting period takes over 100 hours.

Finally, the piece is brought to a foundry and undergoes the lost-wax casting process.

One of Barlow's bronzes costs from five hundred to eighteen thousand dollars. His whitetail and Cape buffalo skull renditions are the smallest pieces offered--making perfect office desk decor --but larger mantle-sized pieces are also offered.

Barlow is a one-man show when it comes to bringing his subjects to life. Each piece is a direct reflection of his true artistic ability. He does, however, credit much of the success to his wife and business partner, Tracy.

"It would be incredibly lonely if I were in the studio by myself, so I am fortunate to have my wife in the studio with me to bounce ideas back and forth."

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