Stephen Hatcher calls it his "wall hanging phase."
For nearly two decades the Olympia, Washington, artist has held a unique place in the wood art world using minerals and crystals embedded in big leaf maple to create scenes of nature and the orient in large plaques and hollow forms.
Now he has changed directions with a series of flatwork and directional wall art pieces. His new work and that of fellow Olympia wood artist Jay Shepard are being featured at the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle from May 1-June 30, 2015. The show is called Dual Fluidity.
The work still features the embedded minerals and crystals which are used to create movement and flow within the work. "You always want to challenge yourself with new directions and new ideas," said Hatcher. "I've done a couple of smaller wall pieces such as these in the past and gotten excellent response. So we put together a show for the Northwest gallery.
"The challenges are different from turning, but they make one a better artist and we'll hopefully reach a new buying audience."
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