Greg Bartol

My art is often inspired by nature. I have welded pieces that look like wood, rocks, clouds, rain, water, animals and human figures. Capturing the essence is more important to me than strict realism.

Steel is my choice of material because of its fluidity and forgiveness. Once the design process begins, clarity comes from handling the metal. Many of my materials for functional pieces include rusty steel, discarded parts or scraps from the welding certification processes…repurposed.

Current work includes metal feathers. The feathers are made of steel or copper, making individual marks to catch the light. Heat is used for color, with either a clear or tinted clear coat applied or left as raw copper.

I have welded many metal Feathers and Birds, with Crows being my favorite.