- David L Ashenbrener - ARTIST
I DID NOT HAVE TO LOOK FAR FOR INSPIRATION....THE FEATURED WORK HERE IS A CULMINATION OF SEA-LIFE FOUND IN AND AROUND SOUTH FLORIDA. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle I'm working on here was inspired by work created by the late Kathy Spaulding which with permission from her estate, I was able to bring to life in aluminum.
ALL OF THESE HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART AS I WAS A PROLIFIC (SCUBA) DIVER IN THE MID '80s TO LATE '90s.
I honestly cannot remember when I started working with sheet metal as my father owned a sheet metal shop. I do remember working with he and my grandfather as he made various patterned parts for pipe transitions as well as pieces from copper by metal braking and hand hammering them over various shaped anvils and dollies. I myself apprenticed from an early age and for many years in my youth, doing layout design for sheet metal transitions, pipe and ductwork.
Later on and years after attending the university studying art, I had a very fruitful career as an architectural adornment designer and worked with various mediums for mass production however discovering aluminum was where the lights came on for me...
I was asked to replicate a museum quality aluminum alloy gas tank for a rare Vincent motorcycle. It turned out so perfectly accurate and authentic I soon found myself fulfilling orders for the entire Vincent owners club, then replicating many other aluminum alloy racing tanks and body parts from that era.
Retirement from my day job has been very kind after discovery of my inherent talent as not just a whitesmith, (aluminum blacksmith) but as an artist at large. My sculpture has garnered much fame and interest but the best thing I learned from working with architects and contractors in my past, is how to coordinate commission work. There is no limitations to my artwork size (see the Statue of Liberty) which is done in the technique REPOUSSÉ.
I still retain my circle of professionals who can help make it happen and love getting involved in complicated and community driven projects...
The above photo shows a class project I turned in from 1975 while attending the University of Wisconsin. This was one of my first attempts at Abstract Art (entitled OSPREY) and is the inspiration for my current "Wall Art" Collection
The design is actually included in my current portfolio in aluminum medium...!
Please visit often as I'm adding new creatures to the collection. I hope what you see helps give you an understanding of the respect and passion I have for these incredible native inhabitants of our area...
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