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The techniques and materials used in this artwork are a result of years of experimentation, research, and practice. The characteristic of those years was the freedom to take left turns with abandon, and take the time to pause and go deep for that elusive subtlety without any concern but the art.
A carefully selected mix of sand, gravel, and cement is hand cast into thin panels, then cured for a month. Each panel is carefully engineered. Mix, reinforcement, and form design contribute to the piece on which the art will be done. The acid etching is done individually on each piece without templates.
Bronze and steel appliqué work contribute to the design of some of our pieces. The metal work is fabricated from raw materials using cutting, grinding and welding methods. These pieces are altered in color using chemical patina processes or high polish, and finished with protective coatings.
"I work from sketches, or the inspiration of the moment. The techniques are either adapted from other art techniques or ones that I have developed. The images and textures are rendered with acids and metals applied to the surface, which react with the limestone in the concrete for a light-fast color. I finish with dyes, and a clear UV-resistant finish".
"My main focus has been the metal appliqué. Working with geometric forms, freehand design, and focus on detail, create appealing contrast to the acid etched concrete panels. I use both hot and cold chemical patina processes. Continuing experimentation into the potential of patinas has allowed for wonderful combinations of color and texture, with much more to still be discovered".
The life of the artwork requires the vision of the client. When the client sees the artwork as part of their space, the process is complete.