"SMITH ROCK" 15h x 14w x 3d Wall Bronze by Michael Knapek $2600
Expressions In Wood by Charley Phillips $195 to $4500
From a young age in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michael has drawn, painted or sculpted from his imagination, the environment or people around him. Always working on new projects, if you do find Michael sitting, he will often be found with a pencil in his hand, sketching. Those illustrations often serve as concepts for his next sculpture. As Michael moved around the country, developing his skills, he delved into both the technical and artistic sides of bronze casting. He has spent over 20 years in the industry, learning all aspects of the process. Thus, allowing him to fine tune each piece of artwork using his detailed knowledge of bronze casting.
After his extensive travels, Michael settled in Oregon in 2015. Since then, he has visited iconic locations throughout the state, and imagined those scenes captured in bronze. While on-site he began sketching concepts for new artwork. Using those illustrations he developed bronze wall reliefs, representing the ever changing landscape of Oregon. This body of work represents a snapshot in time, as the landscapes, waterfalls and mountains will always change, but the sculptures will remain captured in bronze forever.
Charlotte Phillips, known to her friends as Charley, is best known for her artistic expressions in wood. A presenter and teacher for many years at wood carving and woodturning clubs, shows and seminars across the US, she conducted classes on wood carving and the detailed wooden baskets of illusions. She is the author of several articles in Woodcarving Illustrated magazine.
While Charley has many artistic talents that include drawing and painting, she is especially attracted to working with wood because of its inviting warmth, the uniqueness of each individual piece and the organic feel that wood provides. The creative process starts by interpreting the wood, then working with the grain and unique features to create beautifully-shaped objects. She further embellished the baskets of illusions with pyrography, patterns and colors inspired by nature and earthtones.
Transplanted from the Midwest at a young age, Charley calls the Pacific Northwest home. After several years of living in Texas, she recently had the opportunity to relocate and now happily makes her home in beautiful Central Oregon.