Ken Payne was born in 1938 and currently works in Chinle, Arizona next to a large Navajo reservation. He is a member of the Cowboy Artists Association and both paints and sculpts. Payne was an aviator in 1963 when he turned to painting western themed subjects. He later became interested in sculpture when he saw Lincoln Fox’s sculptural work. He spoke with the artist about how he produced his work and Fox gave him a block of wax to practice. Payne entered his finished wax work in a competition and it won first place. Since then he has devoted his artistic pursuits to creating bronze sculpture, but still enjoys creating oil paintings on canvas for himself.
Though never formally trained, Payne has “attended numerous workshops on painting style and technique held by various big names in the western art community.” He collects journals of people who have lived in the west and uses them to inspire his creations.
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