Artist - Peggy Kupper

Montana Artist Peggy Kupper w/ Husband Larry Kupper

Montana artist Peggy Kupper (pictured to the left w/ husband Larry Kupper) is the creative talent behind our personalized ornaments and gifts. Peggy’s artwork and product designs capture the whimsical and charismatic life of ordinary animals doing extraordinary things. Her delightful wildlife, pets, and family themed ornaments/gifts are sure to make you and your loved ones smile year after year.

In addition to being the creative talent behind, artist Peggy Kupper has ventured into the fine arts of sculpting bronzes. More information on her limited edition bronzes can be found on her website,

Limited Edition Fine Art Bronzes

Peggy Kupper's Artist Profile

Peggy Kupper never colored "pigs pink" Her innate interest has always bordered on the unconventional. Although she studied art in college, her creativity flourished better without instructors who insisted on following "formats." To Peggy, art was to enjoy - to have fun. According to her, " A camera can capture realism." A canvas should capture the creativity of the artist.

Peg's subjects capture her love of the out-of-doors - woodland creatures, outdoors sports, and open space landscapes where she has lived and played her whole life. Living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, drew her to the wildlife of the area - bears, moose, deer, elk, and a host of other critters. However, in the shops she found few wildlife themes in Christmas ornaments.

When Peg's two boys were small, she always enjoyed bringing home souvenirs, especially ornaments, from her travels. The search for quality crafted ornaments often left her frustrated. Ornaments that could also be toys - sturdy enough to withstand the antics of two young boys - were an elusive lot.

So, she decided to make her own! Her first venture into the hand-crafted ornament world was salt dough ornaments. To her first art show, as almost an afterthought, she brought along some wooden pull-string bear and moose ornaments she had created. The popularity of the bears overwhelmed both her and Larry, her husband. The ornaments she created were introduced at a local Christmas store and became an instant hit! Even Larry saw the potential in her new business!

Thus was born Mother Moose Enterprises® (Montana Moose and Co.'s parent compay). From humble beginnings around a kitchen table in 1986, to a flourishing business today, the Kuppers live the American dream - a business of their own, combining talents, skills, creative genius, and perseverance to make it happen.

Today, Peggy's ornaments are sold to people in nearly every state of the nation. Designs are exclusively Peggy's but production has been increased to include some "elves" who help in handcrafting the ornaments. Although Peg's children have outgrown playing with ornaments, the family is still all involved in the business.

Reaching children of all ages through stories remains one of Peg's dreams. She would like to write and illustrate playful children's books. With Mother Moose as her guide, she may just reach that dream!

Mother Moose Gifts & Gallery

Mother Moose Gifts & Gallery Retail Store in Missoula Montana

Please come visit us and see our retail store located in beautiful Missoula Montana. Be charmed by the unique collection of gifts which speak, feel, look, smell and even have the taste of Montana and the mountains of the northwest. Products of local artist designer/owner, Peggy Kupper are featured.

Our retail store is located at:

3014 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801

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Mother Moose Gifts and Gallery, now in its new location, 3014 Brooks St, Missoula MT, is the outgrowth of Mother Moose Enterprises 25 years plus of serving the mountain resort gift industry. The store features gifts designs of local artist/owner Peggy Kupper and specializes in personalizable ornaments, figurines, snow globes, magnets, wooden picture frames and boxes with an American wildlife theme, but that is not all. Using Peggy’s discerning eye for distinctive gifts, she has brought into the store a large array of products with a distinctively Montana & north woods theme.

Peggy has been designing moose, bear and other American wildlife gifts since 1986. Her designs are inspired by her love of animals and can best be described as fun, cute, whimsical and sure to bring a smile to all who view them. One ingredient for the phenomenal success of Peggy’s artistic creations is they are all designed to be personalized with people’s names and dates or places visited. So in addition to the smiles her unique designs bring to people they also spark the memory of treasured times with family, friends and vacation travels.

Peggy, being a hand crafter, knows it is great fun to design and build something that fits you, a family member, or special friend, just the right way. Because Family Charm Ornament and Davinci Bead Jewelry are completely designed and assembled in store, they are some of Peggy’s favorites. Both products will fit the exact needs of the special someone in your life and are great fun to design. Stop by Mother Moose Gifts and Gallery today to experience all the wonderful gifts and too have some fun, you’ll be glad you did. (Montana Moose & Co.) is a family owned and operated business. Learn more about our company.