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Byron Bird is inspired by the natural world around him, "My biggest inspiration is within nature itself, and the natural beauty of movement of animals in their natural habitat". Cree stories and Sioux legends are forms of inspiration for his artworks as well. His sculptures show a natural understanding of composition and form as well as the ability to simplify to the necessary elements of the subject's character.
Born in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, many years of travelling throughout Canada, finally settling in Nelson, British Columbia, Byron is very much a Canadian artist. He has also had much guidance from his uncle, Donnie Bird, an accomplished Canadian Sculptor. Byron learned to create using only hand tools, no electric tools, and says that "Donnie really taught me to be able to carve with my eyes closed and to trust my hands".
When asked why he chooses to work with stone, Byron said, "I like using stone as a medium because it is truly limitless with what you can achieve with it. Also, the natural colours and textures you get with stone really brings out the art piece within itself".