ArtisticConquests

Oil Paintings, Sand Sculptures, & more by Duane L. West

Hampton, Virginia On Etsy since 2016

ArtisticConquests

Oil Paintings, Sand Sculptures, & more by Duane L. West

Hampton, Virginia | 145 Sales

Announcement    With over 30 years of experience, Award Winning Fine Art & Consignment Artist, Duane West, specializes in Oil Paintings & one-of-a-kind Sand Sculptures! Go no further for your Art!

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Last updated on Sep 5, 2017

With over 30 years of experience, Award Winning Fine Art & Consignment Artist, Duane West, specializes in Oil Paintings & one-of-a-kind Sand Sculptures! Go no further for your Art!

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About ArtisticConquests

Sales 145
On Etsy since 2016

Oil - Sand - Glass - Pencil - Pen & Ink - Woodwork

I began my Fine Art and Consignment Art career in the 1980’s, when my wife suggested that I take my art in a more serious direction. Over the next 30 years, my art has been, and is currently featured in business offices, restaurants, libraries, resorts, galleries, and many homes worldwide, to include five paintings in the US Pentagon. I have sold over 500 paintings and have been awarded several awards for my art throughout the years.

I work primarily in Oil Painting and Semi-Relief Sand Sculpturing, but also do Watercolor, Colored Pencil, and Pen & Ink as well. Besides canvas, I especially find excitement in adding my artwork to old logging saws, wooden slabs, tabletops, and rice paper. I also do lampworking (glass blowing) and woodworking.

Semi-Relief Sand Sculpting, more commonly know as Sand Painting (though no paint is involved) is the most unique of my art mediums. In the 1990's I was stationed in New Mexico and learned about the traditional Navajo Sand Art from my Native Navajo co-worker. Always looking for a challenge, I decided to embark upon evolving the technique into something of my own.

My Sand Sculptures can be hung like a traditional painting. I use a water/glue mixture to layer hundreds of layers of multi-colored sand to form the sculpture. There are no molds under the sand! In fact, some portions of many of my sculptures extend out a couple of inches from the board giving the piece quite a bit of dimension! I do not paint the sand, but use colored sand either from Scenic Sand, or natural sand from my travels around the world. For example, the world. For example, White is from Florida's Gulf Coast, Black from Mexico's beaches, Yellow from the country Jordan, Reds & Browns from the Painted Desert in Utah, Pink from Bermuda's beaches, and Tans from Virginia Beach. My most popular subjects have been American Flags with Bald Eagles, military aircraft, but I have also done portraits, landscapes, and more.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop! If you think of something that you would like, but I don't have, please let me know and I can give you a quote on a consignment!

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  • Duane West

    Owner

    I am a Fine Art and Consignment Artist. My art is and has been featured in many homes and businesses worldwide. I work primarily in Oil Painting and Semi-Relief Sand Sculpting, but do work in other mediums, too. www.artisticconquests.com

  • Meghan West

    Assistant, Photographer, Maker

    My daughter Meghan has followed in my artistic footsteps as she is an artist herself, though primarily pencil. She works as my Business/Advertising Manager, and attends events with me. Without her, Artistic Conquests, LLC would only be a hobby!

Production partners

  • Fine Art America (FAA)

    Atlanta, GA

    FAA is well-known for it's high quality printmaking services. They have over 40 years of experience working with artists to bring their products to customers all over the globe. FAA uses acid-free papers and canvases with archival inks.

  • Zazzle

    San Jose, CA

    With an ever-expanding array of categories including everything from apparel and paper goods to fabric and food, Zazzle is committed to offering the highest quality custom products in the world.

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Last updated on Jul 18, 2016
Frequently asked questions
If I order a consignment oil painting, how long will it take to paint it?

This completely depends on the size of the oil painting ordered, and sometimes the subject matter. For miniature oil paintings (10x12" or smaller), you can expect about a week for me to complete the entire process through to shipping. Larger paintings can take a few weeks, with human subjects/portraits taking the longest.

How long does it take to complete a Sand Sculpture?

Since my sand sculptures are literally 100% sand built up layer upon layer, using a very thin water/glue mixture which must dry before the next layer is applied, the process can take a very long time. My smaller sculptures (approximately 8x10") usually take about a month, and my largest and most complex (22x28") took me a year to complete. Of course, subject matter, complexity of the scene, and depth of the semi-relief aspects of the sculpture should be taken into consideration.

Care instructions

You should always maintain any piece of art, regardless of medium, in a location that is not overly dry nor humid, and with not a lot of harsh sunlight. While my original artwork and prints are created using quality material that stands up better to poor conditions, great care should still be maintained to ensure your piece lasts.

Is the sand "painted" on the Sand Sculptures?

No! The term "Sand Painting" is actually very inaccurate, as there is no "painting" involved beyond brushing on the glue mixture between layers of sand to keep it all in place. The sand is naturally colored, meaning no paint or dyes are used, and is either purchased from Scenic Sand or collected from my travels around the world. My White is from Florida's Gulf Coast, Black from Mexico's beaches, Yellow from the country Jordan, Reds & Browns from the Painted Desert in Utah, Pink from Bermuda's beaches, and Tans from Virginia Beach. The final product can be quite the cultural piece taken from around the world!

Are the Sand Sculptures really all sand?

My Sand Sculptures consist completely of hundreds of layers of sand held together with a 40-to-60% water & Elmer’s glue mix, which I brush onto a Birch or Basswood Plywood base, or other wooden base, & each layer of sand thereafter. No moldings are used. Some portions of the sculpture can extend out a couple of inches from the board giving the piece quite a bit of dimension, but make this sort of work very time consuming as the glue mixture must be set before applying the next layer, and there are several hundred layers of sand composing each sculpture. On some pieces, gemstones are set into the sand for decoration.

What keeps the sand on the Sand Sculptures from falling off?

I use a 40-to-60% water and Elmer's glue mix between each of the several hundred layers of sand that compose a Sand Sculpture. While this in general holds the entire piece together, I ensure a more solid sculpture by applying a clear top-coat sealant to the finalized sculpture.

What if a piece of my Sand Sculpture breaks?

Life happens, as I know with my many military moves! If something minor should break off of your sculpture, please contact me to coordinate a repair!

Is purchased artwork copyrighted?

Yes, the rights of all artwork listed in this shop belong to me, the artist, and is therefore copyrighted. If you make a purchase from this shop, you do not have the right to reproduce and/or distribute the artwork. All artwork is protected under current copyright laws and all rights are reserve under Duane L. West and/or Artistic Conquests, LLC.