Born in Harlowton, Montana, schooled mainly in Canada, he is a graduate of the Ontario College of the Fine Arts. Duane’s early art career as a landscape painter attracted membership to the Ontario Society of Watercolor and the Bermuda Society of Painters. He has travelled extensively and lived throughout the United States. During his travels, Duane’s creative talents were put to use in commercial projects creating specialized interiors for major hotels.
The call of the Southwest brought him to the Big Bend of the Rio Grande where he began to paint once again. He now calls Northern New Mexico his home. Attracted to the Folk and Primitive Arts, he turned to crafts making birds and small masks from collected driftwood.
Long attracted to Southwest culture and history, he began to study the older works of native Kachina and mask makers. He found these earlier works, which are frontal and static, emphasize their immortal and supernatural qualities.
So with a deep appreciation for these forms and the continuing gifts of cottonwood from the river, he creates the Spirit Birds and other sculptures.