Phillip Payne is a second-generation sculptor. His father, renowned sculptor Ken Payne, was his best friend and mentor helping Phillip learn the traditional methods of Bronze sculpture, specifically western Bronze sculpture. Phillip had professional clay and tools at his fingertips from the day he was born and knew early on that this was an art form he could really sink his teeth into, though apparently you aren't supposed to eat the clay. He sold his first piece at the age of 15 and by the age of 19 was spending most of his time working in galleries and sculpting live for the public, discussing the work and most importantly telling the stories that inspired his compositions. Today he can be found in his gallery in Scottsdale AZ hanging out with his dog and continuing to pursue his dream of creating art.