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Yellowstone Ray
Yellowstone Ray

My wife plucked this piece from the depths of the upper Yellowstone River while on a fishing trip around 2000/2001.

When she showed me this piece my first impression was of some kind of a ray but...

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About the Artist

Jeff Acord

Sculptor Jeff Acord

I come from a family of successful entrepreneurs, aviation professionals, surgeons, engineers, and other such challenging professions. While I have enjoyed success in the technical and marketing fields I never felt like I fully belonged on that career path. In 1995, after much deliberation with my wife, I left the corporate world and Colorado behind and moved north to Montana.

We now live about 20 miles from the headwaters of the Missouri River-the same river that flowed past the southwest Iowa town where I spent the first 18 years of my life.

I have been blessed with a love for art, creativity, and the natural wonders of the Rocky Mountains. I have had the good fortune to study with masters in the fields of carving, sculpting, and woodworking over the last 30 years and have gotten a degree from Montana State University in Creative Arts Enterprise.

I have traveled rough roads where the love of God and from God was the only thing between me and an abyss. I have been unimaginably blessed with a loving wife who has the spirit of an angel and a son who creates beautiful art as though it were a simple line diagram.

The life-my life-between these lines has been a journey that still unfolds and I keep looking at the world around me with the same curious yet powerful joy I did as a child. My constantly moving thoughts are often reflected in my sculptures as an obscure detail or hidden element. I must always have at least three pieces in progress at any time to satisfy my mental wanderlust and to allow my creative thoughts ample room to roam.