Bill & Elaine Snell
After shutting down their 50 year old family run business, a metal company primarily making textile machinery, Elaine and Bill Snell have now taken their creative side of the metal working business out on their own. They create unique and elegant metal art, using processes that fuse industrial materials with artistic vision.
All artwork starts with an original drawing that is refined and translated into a pattern. Pieces are cut from mild steel or copper with a plasma cutter. The intricate details are inspired by classic paper cut techniques. Vibrantly colored transparent paints are used in some pieces to enhance the reflective qualities of the ground steel surface. Other pieces use the natural black steel color to display the artworks silhouette. All pieces are finished with a clear lacquer. To prevent rust and protect the artwork, all pieces should be displayed indoors. If displaying outdoors, the piece will need to be coated yearly with a black spray paint intended for metal.