Dustin represents the third generation of professional western sculptors in his family. His father, Vic Payne, and grandfather, Ken Payne, are distinguished sculptors among collectors of Western Art. Ken began sculpting when he was 35; Vic when he was 19; and Dustin was only eight when he started his first piece, which he finished at age ten.
In the summer season, collectors can often find Dustin sculpting in the gallery, demonstrating his creative process. Dustin's work engages the viewer with intricate design, energy and incredible attention to detail.
When he is not working in the gallery, Dustin works in his studio in Cody, WY, alongside his father Vic Payne. The Payne's studio is a classroom and host for other regional sculptors who come in to work with them such as Lincoln Fox and Mike Hamby.
Vic and Dustin are in constant conversation about new ideas for sculptures. In addition to his co-worker and father, Vic is Dustin's role model, mentor, and best friend. Vic and Dustin's bronzes tell stories about pioneers, ranchers, explorers, and the cowboy way of life. Dustin is a student of Native American and cowboy history and his pieces reflect his studies. He is also a professional Team Roper; when not sculpting, Dustin enjoys training and competing in rodeo competitions.
Dustin was featured in the May 2002 Southwest Art Magazine and again in Southwest Art's annual "Top 21 under 31" in September of 2002. With Dustin's early start in his career, he has already achieved more than most beginning artists and has advanced incredibly as a western sculptor.