I’ve been an artist all of my life, but metal became my passion several years ago when I took a welding class and made some figures from found materials. I was taken by the practical and ornamental qualities of metal and instantly wanted to experiment in depth to translate my illustration style into this new medium. I illustrate and design all of the products I fabricate, and have created many metal pieces for a variety of applications that you can see on the Gallery page.
In 2011, I was commissioned by Artworks, a local arts organization, to design 16 large metal flower sculptures for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital outdoor courtyard. In 2012, I designed and produced a sign for a neighborhood arts center, and in the following year, I created the logo identity and then fabricated exterior signage and matching bracket for a pet supply store. In the summer of 2014, I created designs for a six-panel ornamental balcony railing which included trees, birds, dragonflies, flowers—a gorgeous landscape of varied life. Over the years, I have created many laser cut metal pieces of wall art and garden fencing which was sold at art shows, in local shops and on the web.
I’m currently developing trellis designs for garden shows and working on the following commissioned projects: a large exterior dog gate for a stone porch, a metal wall sculpture for a large living room, and five nature design window guards for residential decorative security.
You can commission me for metalwork for your home or business: ornamental and functional metal garden borders, window guards, deck rails, gates, wall art, memorial plaques, signs and more. I love the idea of working with clients to design practical solutions to meet their needs.
You can find my garden art and borders on this site, or on my Etsy website store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ooosala.
You can also contact me directly at 513.335.4495 to see my portfolio, and purchase an original piece of my metalwork, or commission something new.
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