Born in Los Angeles, Donald Polland became a sculptor of miniature cowboys and horses at a time when large size works of those themes were much more popular.
His interest in horses was aroused when, at age 15, he became a stable boy on a thoroughbred horse farm. He was a jockey for two years and held other jobs including that of electrician, farmer, commercial artist and teacher. He also studied foundry work and in 1966, began his four to six inch miniature bronzes, loving the ability to hold his work in one hand.
Source: Timber Stand Gallery