Meet One of Our Taxidermist: Kim Lutz

Here at SNS Outfitter and Guides we have the opportunity to work with two extraordinary taxidermists. We have worked with many taxidermists over the years, but none stand out like David Dandridge with D & D Taxidermy and Kim Lutz with Kim’s Art Wild. They both excel in their field and are completely trustworthy. This month we are featuring Kim Lutz with Kim’s Art Wild. Next month you can catch an entire write up on David Dandridge of D & D Taxidermy, but in the mean time you can learn more about David by clicking here

Kim grew up in Wheatland, WY, she wanted to be a veterinarian. She earned her degree in animal science with a pre-veterinarian focus from the University of Wyoming and planned to continue, but her high school sweetheart-turned husband got accepted into a master’s program in California they couldn’t turn down. When he returned to Wheatland to work as a biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, she figured she would sign on at the local veterinarian clinic, but even the best laid plans change. One day Jerry Bowen called her up, he was a taxidermist, and offered her a temporary job and that job stuck. For about four years, Kim worked with Bowen at The Wildlife Studio learning everything she could about recreating the appearance of life.

She won state awards including Best in Show for shoulder and life size mounts, then regional ones. She and Bowen took their pieces around the country, where she eventually won first place at a national taxidermy competition with a bighorn sheep pedestal mount.

Kim left The Wildlife Studio to start her own business in 1995 with Kim’s Art Wild Taxidermy and Art Studio. She took what she learned from Bowen – the attention to detail on everything from the inside of the nose to the ear muscle definition – and combined it with the creativity she had been honing first in college and later in her work.

And tucked away on walls is evidence of her artistic side. It’s why her business says “Art studio” in addition to taxidermy.  “I always had an interest in art, I took some classes in college, and always loved it,” she said.

Kim’s attention to detail, creativity and artistic touches are just a few of the reasons we and our client’s love working with Kim. 

Excerpts from an article from the Star Tribune were included in this article. If you would like to read the full article click here

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