When people ask me, “What do you do?” – I usually pause and say, “I’m an artist”. Then they ask what medium I work in…. and that’s usually when I have to bring out my phone and start showing photos. 😀
Here’s a video I put together to help explain “What it is that I do”.
Some times I get crazy ideas, and this might be one of them! 😀 I am embarking on a huge project to create a life size metal peacock sculpture! I am building them out of a mix of media from copper, brass, wood, stainless steel and more. Each feather will be a separate piece and either painted, enameled, carved or otherwise formed to best serve the project.
This is the story of the life and times of Bella… July 6th, 1860 – 1954. I’ve used the medium of glass art to fully explore the adventure! I used a mix of painted glass, fused glass, etched glass and combined these methods to create unique pieces.
In August I was contacted by Disney to be featured as part of their “Disney Arts” series. They were featuring artists who create work in very different mediums. I was asked to carve the character Rapunzel from the movie “Tangled”. I also carved her trusty sidekick chameleon ‘Pascal”.
I began carving at home and made one complete carving, then 2 more in various stages of completion. When I was in the studio, I could work on them and let the magic of video editing put the story together. I had a great time in Los Angeles and spend a full day in the studio.
In 2019 I was invited to exhibit in a Scrap Metal Art Show in Doha Qatar. I was one of 3 American artists out of the 30 international artists who were invited. It was an amazing opportunity and an even great experience!
I first received the invitation in late summer and honestly wasn’t sure how legitimate is was (many artists felt the same!), but after talking to my contact, I jumped on board and started making specific work for the show. I decided on Arabic themed metal art, specifically designs that would appeal to Qatar natives such as camels, oryxes and falcons. I took five large pieces and also some smaller pieces to sell at the show’s ‘bazaar’. I spent two weeks in Doha while the show ran and met a lot of new friends and talked to thousands of people at the show.
July 2019 – I am starting a new glass project for a local client. I was asked to create a piece that would tell the story of her great grandmother’s (Sara) journey and tie-in related historical facts. A secondary theme is the progress of transportation over the years as Sara’s story began with a covered wagon and ended with jet airplanes.
I was given a lot of leeway on this design, and glass was suggested, but if you’ve seen my work before, you know I rarely use just one medium. So this project could evolve to include metal or other materials besides the art glass as needed.
I’ve had a studio upstairs for working on the odd glass project, but this spring (2019), I’ve put together one on the main floor exclusively for Glass Art. I’ve always enjoyed working with glass, and have a large project to work on this summer, that combines a few ways of working with glass. If you’ve followed my work over the years, you should know that I love to mix-and-match my techniques and my media (like added stained glass to a wood carving).
This page shows some recent (2019) work that I have been creating for a client in France! It’s been a big project, with a wide range of needs for various signs and markers to be used throughout a zoological park (Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix).
This page will show the progress as Ibegin a hand carved toy box project for a client’s twins. The two designs will feature jungle scenes with one toy box having a lion and the other will have a giraffe (see finished “Josie” toy box here).
Large Metal Art for sale and Metal Animal Sculptures by Nebraska Artist Cindy Chinn
For the past few years, I’ve been kept busy creating metal art in various forms – mostly while using saws. The past couple of months, I’ve been expanding my work to include larger “non-saw” pieces. Although I have worked with metal and used a lot of techniques on my saws, I’m finding that there is a whole new world out there once I drop the saw out of the design.