I'm Josh La Benne. Thank you for visiting my site.
I am often asked how I got started in the art profession, what drives me to paint or sculpt the subjects that I choose.
It was my father, (Jonathan "the Bear Man") that first introduced me to the arts and taught me most of what I know about carving and much more. Working along side him gave me some experience and opportunities in the art world. After having a taste of the results of pushing my imagination, creativity and skills to the next level I could not really see myself in any other profession. It was like an engine was started that can not be turned off. I can't not paint! I can't not sculpt! So I enrolled in workshops and classes at the Scottsdale Artists School as well as several others. I wanted to push my art to the next level, and the next, and hopefully will continue to do just that.
As for picking my subjects, I am looking for interesting shapes and colors to experiment with. I paint and sculpt subjects that I enjoy to study the most.. This gives me an excuse to get out and experience what I am trying to capture. That is what I want my customers to take away, not just a pretty picture, but an experience of God's creation.
Though I prefer to spend the majority of my time with my wife, Natasha, and two boys, Isaac and Oliver in the mountains around our home, we do a lot of traveling for shows and onsite jobs. So enjoy looking around the site, be sure to check our events page and maybe we'll see you on the road!