George Bumann is an artist and naturalist working in what is arguably the best studio in the world—Yellowstone National Park.
Bumann, who lives just outside of Yellowstone, is primarily a sculptor. His subject matter is the wildlife that call the park home: bison, coyotes, wolves, bears, deer, elk and birds. His philosophy? There’s always more to learn.
“My job as an artist is to divine truths about the natural world as a way to find our place within it,” Bumann writes. “Hence, I become a student of nuances in animal behavior in order to convey an emotional landscape, and connect the human world to the animal world.”
Sounds like a pretty awesome reason to wander around in the park all day. But then, George is more apt to stay put.
“To me, a really rewarding day is to go sit out on a hill in the middle of the park and just stay there the entire day,” he says. “When you choose to take time and spend it that way – watching, listening, smelling, even – the park unfolds like an onion. There are layers that come to the surface that you would never realize by driving through in an automobile.”
On a typical day he wakes with the dawn, packs his truck with spotting scopes, food, clay and sculpting stands, and heads into the park in search of the perfect spot.