"I have a deep appreciation for my subjects and always attempt to portray them as accurately as possible. My hope is that people will be reminded of the beauty that exists in nature."
Phil Burton and his wife Sue share their time between the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon and the Wallowa Valley of Northeastern Oregon. Phil developed an interest in wildlife as a young boy while hunting, fishing and camping with his parents and younger brother. He was deeply inspired by the diversity of the wilderness. At age thirteen he enrolled in a correspondence course in taxidermy; this provided a means by which he could study all types of birds, fish and mammals. Wildlife sculpture became the focus of Phil's art in 2000. His realistic creations depict his great attention to anatomy. Burton's experience as a taxidermist contributes to his eye for detail.