About the Artist
Learn more about David Ross Studio and my career in creating one-of-a-kind, functional art:
My Venture into Functional Art
In 1986, I carved and painted my first piece of functional art, a Dalmatian step stool for "Shane" author and Santa Fe resident, Jack Schaefer. Jack's houseguest that week was Stanley Marcus, who headed Neiman-Marcus. "Jack, we simply must have this in our Christmas catalog!" Stanley was instantly taken by the piece I had created for Jack. He telephoned his head buyer at the Neiman-Marcus headquarters in Dallas, and I was tasked with creating a "Howling Coyote" step stool for their Southwest-themed Christmas catalog that year.
The catalog premiered on ABC's "Good Morning America," and in the months leading up to Christmas, I carved, painted, and shipped 126 "Howling Coyote" step stools for customers just in time for the holidays. The piece was a hit, and my career in creating functional art had taken off.
Custom Art to Cherish for Many Years
Since then, my functional art has "gone to the dogs!" I have created countless pieces with dogs as the theme. They have been very popular with customers, and I enjoy making them. Apart from dogs, I have also created pieces featuring cats, zebras, pigs, horses, and leopards. Many of my pieces include benches, step stools, chairs, barstools, wine racks, and children's furniture, all created to become, as they say in Lubbock, Texas, "functional and collectible hair-looms!"