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Even as a child playing in the creeks and streams of southern Illinois, Hal would often make small figures from the clay found there, leaving them to harden in the sun.
As an adult, his talent was put on hold as life intruded. Hal served in the U.S. Navy and attended college before moving to Arizona in 1968. He spent his entire working life in sales and service in the construction industry. While working full time, he owned a small farm and ranch in southeastern Arizona and raised show horses in the Phoenix area. He also rode, in full Nez Perce Indian regale, in the first Fiesta Bowl Parade held in Phoenix.
Only after retirement did his love of sculpting reappear. With encouragement from a friend, he produced his first real sculpture entitled “Treaty Talker”. The quick selling success of that piece led to his continuation in sculpting. Today, he has produced over 30 bronzes with an eclectic subject matter ranging from cowboys and horses, to Native American Indians, birds, and animals.
In his artistic career, Hal gives generously of his time. For four years he was a volunteer art teacher to incarcerated youths at an Arizona’s juvenile detention center. He has been guest speakers at numerous art clubs and organizations. As a veteran himself, he is currently involved in teaching sculpting to disabled American Veterans.
The winner of numerous awards, he was selected by the United States Park Service to be the artist-in-residence for the summer of 2005 at the north rim of The Grand Canyon. Today, one of his pieces entitled “Chasing Star Kachina” is in the permanent art collection of the U.S. Government and is displayed at the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
His sculptures are found in private collections, Corporate Offices, and galleries throughout the world. A visit with this interesting individual reveals his optimistic view of the world.