Fifty years ago I came to Guemes Island to visit my friends Glen and Janice Veal and stayed. I had completed my BA in art at Western Washington University and my MFA at the University of Oregon. It was in Eugene that I made my first bronze castings.
Glen and I decided to start a bronze casting foundry and named it The Anacortes Brass Works. By the time I sold my half of the business in 1980 we had cast many sculptural pieces, including works of noted Northwest artists, and over one million commemorative belt buckles for industries worldwide. It was that year I built my studio gallery at what was then 555 West Shore Drive, Guemes Island.
My work in the last four decades has involved combinations of metal, wood, glass and stone. Lately I have concentrated on small free standing sculptures that some have called modern steampunk. My goal has been to highlight the artfulness of formerly functional designs and materials. Presentation is an important part of my creations.
© Kit Marcinko