May 2018 Program
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. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended college
before moving to Arizona since 1968. He spent his entire working
career in sales and service in the construction industry.
While still working full time in the construction industry, he
owned a small farm and ranch in southeastern Arizona. He also
raised show horses in the Phoenix area. As a rancher/farmer, he
has irrigated his fields, mowed alfalfa hay, helped with
calving, delivered foals, been stepped on by horses, run over by
cattle, and performed the many other duties associated with the
He says he is thankful he has retired from that lifestyle!
Only after retirement did his love of sculpting reappear. With
encouragement from a friend, he produced his first sculpture
entitled "Treaty Talker". The quick selling success of
that piece led to his continuation in sculpting. Today,
his subject matter ranges from cowboys and horses, to Native
American Indians, birds, and animals.
Before he begins any sculpture, he does extensive research of
the subject to assure complete accuracy. He has met with tribal
officials and ranchers and visited wildlife sanctuaries to
obtain needed information.
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
U.S. Navy veteran himself, he is currently involved in teaching
disabled American Veterans.
In 2013, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ
honored Hal with a three-month exhibit of his work. In July 2014
the museum added his sculpture "Yaqui Deer Dancer" to its
In 2013, Hal was invited to become a member of the prestigious
Western Artist of American. 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 and artist-in-residence for the summer 2014 at
Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
Today, one of his pieces "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 and with their traveling
exhibit of Canyon artists.
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.