Tim Gifford was born in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico in 1958. Relatively late in life, a brief exposure to the world of sculpture came during a one-hour summer art program offered to his daughter’s fourth grade class through the local school district. Although very intrigued by the little clay head he had created, his potential would lie dormant for the next six years. At the ripe old age of 42 he was encouraged to explore the beauty of bronze sculpture once again.
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photo by Gabriella Lemas/Lemas Photography
I was born in the great state of New Mexico – “The Land of Enchantment.” At a very young age my family made its way to Nebraska where the call to duty with the United Nations summoned my father to work in Ankara Turkey. The better part of my childhood was spent immersed in this remarkable third world culture.
Today I find myself enjoying the experience of coming full circle. I have returned to New Mexico to live and play. I find the new energy of this spiritual place remarkable as I continue to hone my skills. New images of the southwest appear in my head and are transformed into new work. I am excited for what these new experiences and challenges provide.