With a standard sheet of 3/16 aluminum I begin creating my metal canvas. This involves a process of cutting out areas of the metal with a hand-held plasma torch welding to build up layers and carving the metal to achieve a bas relief. Many hours go into working the metal before any color is applied. Once the metal surface is prepared I begin the painting process with multiple layers of transparent oil paints. Letting each layer dry I often go back in with a series of sanding rubbing away and building up more layers until Im satisfied. The piece is sealed with a epoxy clear-coat and assembled using hardware such as bolts nuts and wires. The bolts become decorative spacers allowing light to pass through the cut-out areas to create more depth. This process is one that I created on my own.
Port Clinton Art Festival: TBA