Keith McMasters has been fascinated with the Native American since
his early youth. Growing up on the Washington-Idaho border near the
Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Keith had the opportunity to witness
first hand, a culture so rich in heritage that it has been captured
in his mind for decades. Coupled with his love for art that also began
at an early age, western art was a natural attraction. He felt himself
inspired by those works expressing the everyday way of life of the
Native American and those artists that were able to capture the accuracy
and detail of the real American Indian. Self taught, Keith's fascination
with western art led him to start sculpting about twenty years ago.
In 1999, Keith retired from his career in the ski resort industry
to become a full time sculptor. As a full time Western artist, Keith
lives with his wife, Mira, on their Touchet River Valley Ranch nestled
in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington.
He has won several awards, among the most recent a First Place in
Traditional Sculpture with "Good Medicine" at the 2001 Phippen
Museum Western Art Show and Sale in Prescott, Arizona.