I lead a dual life of medallic sculptor, and studio artist focused on bas-relief sculpture. The two disciplines perpetually inform and inspire each other.
I love bas-relief for its perfect marriage of the tactile nature of sculpture with the illusional qualities of drawing. It can depict effects such as shadow, transparency, and atmosphere which are not usually attributed to sculpture.
Themes of duality and challenging old stories with new twists are portrayed in my work through symbolism and the human figure. My style of contemporary realism is inspired by classic Italian art and ancient Egyptian carvings, heavily influenced by modern Polish sculpture, specifically in the juxtaposition of positive and negative spaces.
The scale of my work ranges from hand held coins to standing monuments. The coins and medals are struck at a variety of private mints. The bronzes are cast at an art foundry and then I apply the patina to each one by my own hand.
2017 marks my 30th year as a professional artist.
Most people are surprised to learn I did not attend any art school or college. Still I don't like to call myself "self-taught". I built my autodidactic education with a tower of books, museums of the world and the kindness of other artists.
I had declared my decision to be an artist at the age of just 6 years old and began drawing constantly, but when I started sculpting at age 18 something really clicked. I spent the next 11 years working as chief engraver at the Sunshine Mint in Coeur'd Alene Idaho where I participated in all aspects of the minting process from design to production. I headed up the sculpting department at Las Vegas based Global Mint for the next 5 years before going freelance. Now I work out of my own studio for all kinds of clients around the world.
I stay active in the art community by my involvement in art organizations such as AMSA (American Medallic Sculpture Association) and NSS (National Sculpture Society). Over the years I've trained over a dozen artists as medallic sculptors in my studio. I am a strong believer that open sharing of information among artists makes us all stronger.
It is my great pleasure and priviledge to be serving my second four year term on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for the US Mint. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience to work as a conduit between the public and the US Mint. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with.
I am currently accepting commissions as my schedule allows. I'm always happy to answer questions and give guidance where possible.
Photo by Tara Gimmer
Your purchase means a lot to me and I want to make it as easy and fun as possible. If that means making payments, just ask. Have a special request? Just ask. Ready to buy? Use the PayPal button on the sculpture's page. Don't like PayPal? Send me an email to arrange payment by check. Your sculpture will be shipped after payment is received.
Keep in mind that not all sculptures are immediately available. They may be out on loan to an exhibit or recently sold. If a cast is not immediately available but the edition is not yet sold out, then a new cast can be ordered. This will be a 8-12 week wait time. If delivery time is a deciding factor please email before ordering.
Each bronze is finished with a unique, hand applied patina so it may vary slightly from the photo. If you are not pleased with the sculpture after you receive it you may return it within 60 days for a full refund. Domestic ground shipping is included in the cost. Expedited shipping will be charged extra.
Art medals are packaged in a pouch and/or box. Bas reliefs bronzes are fixed with a hanger on the back so they can be displayed either on an easel or hung on the wall. The largest and heaviest are fitted with a French cleat for hanging. If you would like to mount the bronze, please contact me and I can arrange for bolts to be set on the back.
I accept commissions as my schedule allows. Contact me via email with your concept. I can work with finished art or just an idea. I will provide you with a bid based on the complexity of design. A 50% deposit is required to begin work. After the design is approved, further changes will incur additional fees. A photo of the finished sculpture is emailed for approval. After approval, no more adjustments are allowed. Full payment is required before shipping.
Photo by Tara Gimmer