My art utilizes several steps to achieve each piece. In the first step, I use my original B&W negatives and liquid emulsion to print photographic images directly onto copper, metal and stainless steel plates. I work in a traditional darkroom to achieve this archival look. This is an older process, which is similar to tin types.
Once the image is printed onto the metal, the piece is then layered with various recycled metals.
I then work with each image individually until I achieve the right combination of textures and colors to create a depth to each piece. These layers may include aged metals, wood, plexiglas, photos, mesh wire, or rods and chains. I also weld piece together to use in the background.
Each of my pieces is an original, as I never do the same thing twice. Unlike some photography, I do not make prints of my work. My artwork may be considered mixed medium more then photography. However, in my eye, each piece starts with a great photo.
As I produced more artwork, I kept having lots of small scrap metals. With these smaller pieces I designed a line of unique recycled jewelry. I use almost anything I can find to create my pieces. That is why each piece is one of a kind. I get most of my materials from the metal bins at the recycle facility in Missoula. I use wire, pipe, and old copper pieces in the jewelry. I even “harvest” pieces from old electronic components.
All of the patina copper is done by hand. I have several “recipes” I use to create different variations of aged and rusted copper. As much fun as it is to create each piece of jewelry, I equally enjoy being the mad scientist that ages and stains my copper.
Each piece of jewelry is sprayed with a light coating of polyurethane to hold the color. I use hypoallergenic earring hooks.
My creations include earring, necklaces, rings and cuffs. Free shipping on all jewelry orders.
"My goal is that each customer is wearing a little piece of art"