Dustin Payne was born into a ranching family in southern New Mexico in 1981. Growing up as a third-generation sculptor, he began learning the trade at an early age. Endless inspiration came from studying the great works of Remington and Russell, and he was influenced by the books and drawings of Will James.
Being close to his family’s ranch, as a young man he experienced first-hand the traditions of the Western way of life. Here Dustin came to know the skills of roping, riding, and working with cattle. The strength and character of the old cowboys and ranchers inspired him to carry on the spirit, respect, and tradition of their way of life. Dustin began expressing his deep love for the history and culture of the American West through his own artwork. He later headed north and settled in Wyoming, enjoying the open vastness of the northern mountains, visiting the nearby Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, for inspiration, and fulfilling his ambition with memorable stories of the Western characters in his sculptures.
Dustin’s work can be found in fine art galleries across the West as well as in the permanent collections of the Pearce Museum, the Raymond James Financial Art Collection, and the Former Texas Rangers Heritage Center.
Dustin has been featured in numerous publications including Southwest Art, Art of the West,Western Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Western Horseman, and was a featured artist-in-residence at the 2017 Western American Sculpture Symposium at the Whitney Western Art Museum in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
In 2017 he earned an invitation into the renowned Cowboy Artists of America, and plans to pay tribute to the time-honored organization’s values while moving forward in his career as one of its newest members.
Dustin resides near Cody, Wyoming, with his wife, Tammy, and their sons, Dillon and Brody.