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I had fun making the texture for the birch tree.
The fishing bear is distracted from his task.
And the weary salmon slips quietly past.
Grinding the sun before the yellow heat.
After the first heat for the blues.

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The One That Got Away


The One That Got Away Sculpture

Jeff and Ranja Dean

United States

Sculpture, Engraving on Steel

Size: 59 W x 43 H x 1 D in

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Available by special order in a size to fit your space. Allow 3-4 weeks for creation. Sometimes we need a little help from our friends. A weary salmon makes it past a fishing black bear who is conveniently distracted by Mr. Raven. Engraved Steel with Heat Tints Limited edition of 6 I first came up with this metalworking technique when my neighbor had given me an old sawmill blade. I've always loved doing designs on a circle, probably from my pottery background. My first attempt was to grind the design in very low relief. This ended quickly as the tool steel was so hard. I next tried brazing brass onto areas to color them. Also not an easy thing to do. I was familiar with heat tints or temper colors from making carving tools. When I saw the colors run on the bare steel as I tried the brazing process, it all came together. With a little experimenting,​ a new technique for "painting" on steel was developed. I carried the technique over to making cutout and layered reliefs such as this one. These heat tinted, engraved steel wall pieces are very dynamic. The grinding is done using carefully chosen abrasives to model the forms, create a sense of depth, and to suggest the movement of the particular part of the sculpture. The visual effect changes dynamically with the lighting and your angle of view.

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Sculpture:Engraving on Steel

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:59 W x 43 H x 1 D in

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Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.

I'm an artist and sculptor in Homer, Alaska. For the last 40 years, I've created significant focal point artwork specially designed to enhance the character my clients envision for their homes, businesses, or public places. I make both decorative and functional sculpture, furniture, and wall art. From my first bronze portrait to my latest Percent for the Arts Commission, I've completed more than 90 commissions. With the ability to work in a wide range of materials, styles, and techniques, I make pieces that become integral to the essence of their setting. These pieces can be either custom designed or selected from my currently available artwork or designs. With visual effects impossible to achieve using other materials, heat colored steel engraving brings a broad range of moods to a single work of art. Because heat colors patina the steel without obscuring its unique metallic qualities, each piece has a dynamic character and depth that changes with the light and viewing angle. You can get a feel for this dynamic quality in this video: With each commission, I intend to bring about a creative synergy between your aesthetic vision and my artistic sensibility, thus creating something new that neither of us may have imagined on our own. I'm confident I can make works of art that stand the test of time, and are the source of conversation and enjoyment for generations to come. I appreciate having the opportunity to introduce my art to you through Saatchi Art. You'll find a range of original focal point metal and wood wall art, limited edition bronzes, wood sculptures. Many of my engravings are made in small editions of 7. Some are currently available and ready to ship, others are available by special order and I can make them in the perfect size for the space you are decorating. I've also made brightly colored metal photo prints of my engravings available for people who don't have space or budget for my originals. Some of the bronzes are made by my wife Ranja. She grew up with all sorts of animals and has a great aptitude for conveying their essence in her work. Here are a few things my past clients have to say about my work and working with me. • Denali Table "My family and I have enjoyed the beautiful creativity of Jeff Dean's artistic production in our home for nearly 20 years.

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