LaFountain (a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) is an award-winning stone sculpture, mentoring under world-renown sculpture, Allan Houser, and has exhibited in over 30 Indian Markets in Santa Fe. LaFountain studied at the Institute of American Indian Art and studied printmaking from Navajo printer Michael McCabe. After a car accident in 2002, his prints have filled in a void of creativity, giving him a secondary market after being unable to sculpt for a number of years due to his injuries. “I’m painting and drawing, it helps my imagery as it relates to my sculptures. I can create when I need to, be spontaneous. I can relive the past in paint and print. LaFountain also studied under legendary artist Earl Biss (a profound contributor to the explosion of Southwestern Art in the last half of the 20th century, and particularly to the rise of contemporary Native American Art).
From the beginning of his career, LaFountain participated in a new style of artwork that defied stereotypes in Native American Art, yet embodied the spiritual and mental well-being of his culture. While breaking from traditions, LaFountain not only created a breakthrough in his career, he opened doors for fellow and future Native American artists.