“I do Western Art because that is where I live, that is what I am familiar with and what I appreciate the most,” Balciar said. “To me, Western Art is depictions of the Western United States, be it scenery, way of life, animals, or anything in nature.
“My artistic process usually starts with an idea that I will write down, or a scribbling that I will do in pencil or felt tip markers that I will put away until I need them for a new piece,” he continued. “Often, I will do a small, quick study (30 minutes) in clay and put it away.
“I come up with most of my ideas when I am supposed to be working on a deadline.”
Balciar’s largest marble sculpture stands in the West hallway of The Cowboy. The 18-foot tall, 16,000-pound marble cougar, titled Canyon Princess, was installed in 1995.