In this week’s session, we meet Canadian artist Joanne Guthrie. Speaking of her development as an artist, Joanne says
I always knew I would have a career as an artist, it was just a matter of when. With nearly 20 years of experience as a Journeyman B-pressure welder in the oil and gas industry, I feel most comfortable with a welding torch in my hand. But the industrial environment limited my ability to express my creativity. There is so much that can be accomplished using the welding fabrication process— and I wanted to explore my artistic visions. So, I made the decision to step away from the oil patch to pursue a full-time career producing metal art in St. Albert, Alberta.
When creating welded art, I use a broad spectrum of materials, including steel, aluminum, nickel, copper, titanium, cast iron, and brass. I also utilize a range of techniques, experimenting until I am satisfied with an inspired, one-of-a-kind piece.
In addition to metal art sculptures, I also regularly produce organic mixed media paintings and other artworks using a variety of materials, from soapstone and ink to wire and charcoal. I pride myself on being a mixed media artist that allows my creativity to run wild and I strive to leverage my options rather than limit them.
Watch the recording to learn more about Joanne’s art.
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