Douglas Van Howd, Nevada born sculptor and painter, has become well-known worldwide for his wildlife and western creations. He received his advanced art education at the highly acclaimed Art Center School in Southern California, where he began to develop his exquisite lifelike detailed style that enhances the grace and movement he captures in his work. This trademark has brought him to a place of honor in his field and his works are found in collections worldwide.
Doug Van Howd has been commissioned to do work for heads of countries. His oil painting of Yellowstone Falls was presented to the Queen of the Netherlands during the Netherlands-American Bicentennial celebrations in Washington DC. He has twice been received as a guest of the government of Taiwan to present his works to President Chiang Ching-Kuo and President Lee Teng-hui. His bald eagle “Masters of the Wind” is displayed in the office of the Secretary of the Interior, Washington DC, his portrait of Attorney General Edwin Meece hangs in the Hall of Justice, and his well-known “Friends of Freedom” bronze sculpture, after many years in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, has a new home in the Reagan Library.
Van Howd owns and operates Sierra Sculpture, Inc. which ensures him the finest in craftsmanship and quality in his castings and specializes in the production of monumental bronze statues. Since 1988, he has been commissioned to place monumental sculptures in museums, resorts, corporate grounds, city sites and private estates. Many from around the world have been photographed with his bronze monuments, which are centers of attraction for all ages.