One of the rare Western artists who actually came from the West, Alexander Proctor was born in Colorado. Drawn to art, he sold his Colorado homestead to finance his art education at New York's National Academy of Design and Art Students League. After winning his first commission, he moved to Paris and studied under the great American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Later, he won the prestigious art student prize, the Rineheart Scholarship; to fulfill its requirements, Proctor sculpted this Blackfoot warrior, using sketches he had made on a trip to Montana and the style of the French sculptors les animaliers. The work won a medal at the 1900 Paris Exhibition. Inspired by its popularity, Proctor moved to Montana for a time and was adopted by Northern Cheyennes, who bestowed upon him the name "Little Wolf." He continued to produce Western-themed art in New York and California for the rest of his life.