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Tom Hjorleifson works in his studio in Canmore, Alberta, creating bronze sculpture in a range of
scales from hand-held to monumental.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Tom spent his formative years in Winnipeg and then
Calgary. The YMCA played an important part in his early personal and leadership development.
Extensive world travels added to his experience.
In 1980, after graduating from the University of Calgary with a BPE specializing in Outdoor
Pursuits, Tom moved to Canmore, where he currently resides with his wife and assistant
A self-taught sculptor, Tom began creating work in clay in 1990. He became a member of the
Canmore Artist and Artisans Guild in 1992. His work is found in private and corporate collections
around the world. Bronze is his preferred medium, but he also incorporates elements of
stainless steel and stone.
More recently Tom has been focused on larger installations, including the human form.
“Exploring the human form, dramatically expands the possibility to create more complex work”.
“Living in the “Wild West” I’ve had many experiences riding and watching horses. Our love affair
with these beautiful beings compels me to create sculpture that conveys this spiritual
The Rocky Mountain wilderness also inspires my work. "Personal encounters with wildlife evoke
a passionate response in me, a desire to capture the wonderful magic of these moments.
Hopefully, my work will promote and foster lasting connections to this special place that we call
For Tom, creating art is a compelling process, an exciting, irresistible journey.