natureartstudio

Metal Animal and Nature Sculptures by Mark Noll

Salem, Oregon · 905 Sales

natureartstudio

Metal Animal and Nature Sculptures by Mark Noll

Salem, Oregon 905 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Hammered copper, brass, and aluminum fish and sea animals, hawks, eagles and owls, butterflies and dragonflies, hummingbirds, frogs and lizards, geese, ducks and chickens, Pacific Northwest Coast Indian-inspired tribal designs, and fine art masks. Each piece is unique and signed by the artist.

*Check out this news article showing my creative process: http://www.polkio.com/ns/features/21824/heavy-metal

*Visit my Facebook page for more work examples: www.facebook.com/pages/Nature-Art-Studios/416643135111

*Visit my website www.NatureArtStudios.com to see more creations and learn more about how they are made.

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Last updated on Mar 10, 2017

Hammered copper, brass, and aluminum fish and sea animals, hawks, eagles and owls, butterflies and dragonflies, hummingbirds, frogs and lizards, geese, ducks and chickens, Pacific Northwest Coast Indian-inspired tribal designs, and fine art masks. Each piece is unique and signed by the artist.

*Check out this news article showing my creative process: http://www.polkio.com/ns/features/21824/heavy-metal

*Visit my Facebook page for more work examples: www.facebook.com/pages/Nature-Art-Studios/416643135111

*Visit my website www.NatureArtStudios.com to see more creations and learn more about how they are made.

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New bass fish sculpture made from a piece of copper flashing. The verdigris etching patina and antiquing wax give it character.
Copper humpback whale gliding through the ocean deep.
Trophy-sized striped bass sculpture made from a piece of repurposed brass.
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Hand-hammered metal nature sculptures from repurposed copper, brass, and aluminum. Unique patinas and life-like glass eyes add one-of-a-kind character.

Artist Profile

Mark Noll from Nature Art Studios grew up on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. As a boy, the shoreline and ocean were his constant companions.

Fascinated by the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, he attended the local college intent on becoming a marine biologist. As fate would have it, the research vessel, an old fishing boat, was always broken down and getting an internship at Woods Hole was nearly impossible! To help pay for college expenses, he began creating marine animal sculptures that made their way to the New England and Baltimore Aquariums’ gift shops.

After college, he and his spouse made the journey to Oregon and he put his art on hold to pursue a professional career and raise a family. The need to make art persisted and he has now found a home creating nature sculptures using repurposed metals.

He’s been creating this metal art for several years now and loves to experiment with different designs, tools, and patina finishes. In that time, the fish, marine mammal, bird, dragonfly, butterfly, and guitar pieces have made their way to patrons all over the country and around the world. Ironically, his most famous patron is the legendary rock guitarist Slash. His wife Perla recently gave him a Les Paul guitar sculpture for their tenth anniversary, and it hangs in his home studio.

Artistic Process

Your metal nature sculpture is made from a sheet of solid copper, brass or aluminum. The metal is repurposed, originally to be used for roof flashing. Sometimes, I use naturally-aged pieces of copper that may have been tucked away in a corner somewhere for many years.

First, I draw the rough shape on the metal and cut it out with aviation snips. Chisels, punches, hammers, and mallets bring the form to life. After polishing the surface with ultra-fine steel wool, I etch it with a patina solution or wipe on an antiquing wax.

Finally, the piece is sprayed with a clear coat to preserve the colors and finish, and a glass taxidermy eye is added on some pieces. I’m self-taught and use a blend of tools from traditional metalworking, autobody work, and woodworking.

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    I've been creating this metal art for several years and love to experiment with different designs, tools, and patina finishes. In that time, the fish, marine mammal, bird, dragonfly, butterfly, and guitar pieces have made their way around the world.

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