Don Polland (1932-2003)
Don Polland was born in Los Angeles in 1932 and is a sculptor of Western figures in miniature bronzes. When he was fifteen, he became a stable boy on a thoroughbred farm. A jockey for two years, he quit because he “had a terrible fondness for eating which jockeys weren’t allowed to do much of.”
He had modeled in clay as a child, and through the years continued toward his goal of preserving the Old West and the Civil War in art while he served in the Navy, and then was an electrician, farmer, commercial artist, tool designer, art director, and a teacher in his own art school.
He also studied modeling, mold making, and foundry practices on his own. In 1966, he was influenced toward four to six inch high miniature bronzes. His work is in the Whitney Gallery of the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum in Cody, Wyoming; the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana; and the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana.