Born in Amarillo and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in agricultural economics, Garland Weeks traces his Texas roots back six generations to 1835. With both collegiate and professional rodeo experience, Garland brings first-hand knowledge of cowboy life to his works. While he has spent over 35 years sculpting native wildlife, insects, pets and livestock, he is best known for and always returns to the human figure as his personal touchstone. He states, "The West, with its unique brand of people and places, is what I know best and love most. Hopefully, my sculpture transmits this love for, and understanding of my chosen subjects."
Among his many public installations, Garland created the life-size monument of "Old Yeller" to memorialize the book's author, Fred Gipson, and the life-size monument at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, remembering Gene Cernan as the last man to step off of the face of the moon. Currently engaged in a commission for a memorial to public safety "first responders" with six figures at 1-1/2 times life-size as well as two portrait busts, Garland finds the time to serve as the Kenan Master Sculptor in Residence at Brookgreen Gardens and to teach 24 high-school student art scholarship recipients at a 21-day art camp each summer.
In recognition of his work, Garland has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Western Art (1990), has been honored as the Official Sculptor of Texas (1995) by the Texas State Legislature, and was advanced to the status of "Fellow" by the National Sculpture Society (2004).
Garland has been generous with his support and advice from the beginning of Sculpture in the South up to the present, having exhibited at every show since 1999. Garland was the first Sculptor-in-Residence for Dorchester District II Schools, teaching a week-long sculpting class to the honors art students in local high schools the week prior to Sculpture in the South 2004. In 2006, he completed a commissioned monumental-size bronze of Francis Marion for the Berkeley County Administration Office in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.