Company Name: Artistic Visions Wildlife – World Class Taxidermy
Contact: (Owner/Manager) – Aaron Simser
Physical Address: 187 Worman Road, Douglassville Pennsylvania 19518 – USA
Tel Mobile: +1 484-269-7406
Tell us a little about your operation
I have had a love of the outdoors since I was a child. Splitting time between hunting and fishing, my early days were always filled with adventures. After high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps and I had the honor to serve my country overseas for two and a half years. It was this experience that gave me a passion for travel and other cultures. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps I attended college in the state of Pennsylvania where I started the part-time hobby of taxidermy. Always being very artistic, I picked up the art of taxidermy quickly. After beginning with the typical whitetail deer mounts, my passion for the art quickly evolved into larger animals and more complex designs. That one small decision of picking up a new hobby has turned into a life-changing career for me as well as my staff.
How many years in business?
We are now beginning our 17th year at Artistic Visions Wildlife.
From a single car garage in a rental home to a new 8,000 square foot facility, Artistic Visions has grown beyond our wildest expectations. We are proud to have been featured a total of nine times thus far on the cover of Taxidermy Today magazine – the world’s foremost taxidermy magazine – as an African and life-size specialist, as well as being selected for multiple in-store demonstrations at Cabela’s for their staff and customers.
What are your favorite mounts and why?
Our personal favorite mounts are any African species. Specifically, we like “stacked” style pedestals where we can put multiple animals from the same habitat on a base to create a beautiful scene that tells a story, as well as it being space-saving in a client’s trophy room. Another favorite of ours is anything life-size. Taxidermy preserves and celebrates the memories created on a hunt, and nothing does this in the taxidermy world as well as a life-size mount. It allows the viewer to fully appreciate the actual size and beauty of each trophy. It is the most difficult of all taxidermy styles because of the increased detail and artistry that is needed for each piece to bring that species “back to life”. That is why many other studios either don’t specialize in life-size mounts or don’t take them in at all.
Africa is our passion and is something we hold near and dear to our hearts. My wife Samantha and I have personally been to the Dark Continent over 15 times so far. All of the staff at Artistic Visions Wildlife have experienced Africa at least once to learn and understand the amazing and majestic creatures of Africa in their natural environment. Artistic Visions handles approximately 350 African mounts a year with an average of 8-10 month turnaround on almost all mounts. After nearly two decades of dealing with the chaos of African imports, we have streamlined and simplified the process to make it as painless and efficient as possible for our clients.
I am extremely proud of each and every one of my staff members who work hard to handle our clients’ trophy needs. They are the heart of our company and the reason for our success.
Using only the highest quality materials and continually studying and training in the art of taxidermy, Artistic Visions strives to keep increasing the standards for quality and customer service that our customers deserve.
Any specialty areas you have in the business?
Cape buffalos are some of the fiercest animals on earth and it is our mission to recreate that “owed money” look. From the elegant gaze of a greater kudu to the regal stance of a giant sable, Artistic Visions takes the utmost pride in complementing your trip of a lifetime. Wildlife Artistry is more than a career for us at Artistic Visions Wildlife, it is our passion. This is what separates us from other taxidermy studios. With extensive accolades and awards in the career of professional wildlife artistry, Artistic Visions is able to accommodate all your African taxidermy needs. No task is too big or too small, with limitless possibilities of custom creations.
Let your imagination complete your perfect vision.