I joined this world in the summer of 1985. Holding fond memories wondering around my fathers bronze foundry. Northwest Art Casting was originated in ‘87 just outside of Bozeman Montana. I would watch my father weld at an early age, always being fascinated by the process. I knew at that point my future would lie in Metal.
At the age of 12 I began working at NAC. My first jobs were metal preparation and shell building, working my way up to metal chasing. I worked there on and off for the years to follow. In 2008 the foundry changed hands, I enjoyed the positive, creative, inspiring and artist interaction Northwest had to offer. I built a relationship with the foundry and continue to work there on my fathers bronze sculptors and my own art.
A few years ago I launched my own custom fabrication and design line. Building anything from belt buckles, window frames, to desks and so on. I have worked with other artist as well to make collaborative works of art.
Born to Mitch S. Billis a phenomenal sculptor, son of Mitch J. Billis a renowned plein air oil painter. I am among the third generation of artist in my family. My grandmother Kathleen is also a plein air oil painter, along with my aunt Chris a successful portrait artist.
I continue to expand my horizons and inspiration through, workshops apprenticeships,and experinceing life itself.