Dale Cote has always liked being out in nature. He has hiked and climbed everywhere from Nepal and Pakistan, to Alaska and South America. He studied welding at SAIT and briefly contemplated working at the Calgary Zoo. However, his career took on a different direction when he became a ranch hand on the Willard family farm near Milo, a village about 75 miles southeast of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His employer tells people “Dale hired on as a temporary 54 years ago but we think he’s going to stay!” Cote has always shown an artistic eye whether it was incorporating the farm brand into a simple fence, or creating wrought iron stair railings with elk, buffalo, other animals and birds, intertwined with native flowers of Alberta. A little over four years ago, he started creating individual life-like colorful members of the orchidaceae family until his small bungalow was overrun. His only real-world experience with orchids is seeing them on sale at the local stores but his books were enough to make him capable of building ‘The Orchid Tree’ which took him approximately 3500 hours. If “imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery” than Dale pays homage to the flower and its creator magnificently!
Dale's ArtPrize Entries
These are Dale's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.