Dan Ostermiller’s works are usually given the label animal sculpture, yet within that field can be found a wide range of subjects. From the barnyard to the Great Plains, and from the back porch to the Zambezi Valley, his animals are studies in elegance and power.
Years of experience working with his father, Roy Ostermiller (a renowned taxidermist) laid the foundation for Ostermiller’s work. His thorough knowledge of animals is evident within the intricacies of his finished product. Drawing from his many travels abroad, he creates animal figures in context with their natural surroundings. His work has a realism that is not only an accurate rendering of the subject, but also a sophisticated composition of line and form. His grounding in taxidermy lends authority, while his technique gives his work spontaneity. Infusing each design is personality and a combination of the sculptor’s and the subject’s. This spirit, the feeling the work imparts, is the hallmark of an Ostermiller sculpture.
A fellow of the National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists, Ostermiller served as president of the National Sculpture Society from 2011 to 2014.