A short walk from the Pacific Ocean In Encinitas, California, USA, is Copperhand Studio and the studio of artist founder Richard Hawk. There, works are created in an extraordinary and unusual combination of patinization on copper and traditional oil painting techniques.

Nature is exhuberant and unpredictable in her expression of textures, colors and patterns in the oxidation (patinization) on copper. The effects are fascinating, beautiful, and stirring to the imagination.

Add to this inspired design, the bold knifing of paint across the shining ‘canvas’, bravura brushwork in beloved colors—and what emerges is something deeply satisfying and strongly emotive.

IMG_0326.crop.smlIn the Water Series, varied voices of water and the sea are evoked with exciting, natural beauty.

In the Flora Series, actual leaves and plants are used to produce the images in patina on the copper. The beauty of these natural forms in silhouette, with wonderful detail and delicacy, are imprinted through the action of patina solutions on the copper surface. Oil colors complete the creative statement.

Also a figurative painter on copper, Hawk’s lyrical works in that subject area can be seen at www.hawkstudio.com.