Scott D. Hemphill
I've always enjoyed art, but drawing was once the only "art" I knew until I moved to Humboldt County, California. Once I was exposed to all different kinds of art, from paintings, murals, collages and sculpture, I was inspired to do more and knew I wanted to pursue different forms of art. I was never interested in working with metal until being exposed to some of Hobart Brown's art. Working with copper never occurred to me and working out of a small redwood floor garage in Eureka was the corner stone to where I am today.
Becoming an artist can be challenging when deciding on art genre and personal style. I left California and moved to Puerto Rico and set out on a journey to master the techniques needed to create copper art sculpture. Away from outside influences, I evolved to my own style and technique which continues to change to this day. Currently, most of my work is done from drawings. I aim to create in sculpture, what is drawn from sketches. This has been a new avenue for me which I find both fun and challenging.
I've been working with copper since 1989 and continue to do so full time now, having been honorably retired with the U.S. Coast Guard. Relocating back to Humboldt County has been the best thing for me as I get to do what I love everyday!