Getting down from scaffolding and ladders is bittersweet, to say the least!!
I have Sincerely Loved all the years Transforming Walls large walls for the Best Friends and Clients I could ever hope to meet and work with! I Love and Thank every one of you !!
Now it is time to create in my studio, on smaller formats, and to still offer the Art I love to do.
It is already exciting for me and I will keep you posted on new work and developments as they occur!!
Artists don't retire...we just get more interesting...LOL! Maybe a bit more persnickety and challenging...but definitely more interesting!!
I am filled with the Inspiration of a long and fulfilling Art Career!
My Experience enables me to ask my Clients: "What are you envisioning? Let's work together to Transform Your Wall(s) with a piece of Art that gives you an Ultimate Sense of Satisfaction and Beauty!"
That is my "Why" of being a life long Artist!
I will post again soon! XXXOOO
Happily Returned to Carson City, NV to create a large Bas Relief Mural in a Stairway that was just made for this Art Form! 2 weeks later and in serious need of a massage....it was complete. My Clients are the Best!!! I Loved their participation in the design, their patience with the work, and their ultimate Love and Excitement when it was completed!! Thank you Bob and Melani!! And thank you to my Student and helper, Amy, who is also an amazing cook! Your help on this project was greatly appreciated!
Yes, it is true....after 35 years in Summit County, Colorado...we moved to the quiet Beauty and Inspiration of the San Luis Valley, Colorado!! It took several months and it has been a huge adjustment...but we love it here and our Art will continue as we make this place our home!
Spring in lovely Castle Rock, CO......
Early Summer in Beautiful Land O Lakes, Wisconsin.....
And... Summer in Amazing Flat Head Lake, Montana....
and then a bit of a closer trip to Arvada, Co to add some more Aspens to a wall I did over 4 years ago!
And then to start the Fall with my work in a home that is one of the feature homes in this year's Summit County Parade of Homes, Sept. 21 & 22, and 28 & 29!! Come and see us!!
We will be introducing a new kind of Exterior Sculpted Relief, that will weather the elements and accent your home in a unique and beautiful way!! Come take a look! :-)
We went back to one of our favorite homes, right next to a beautiful river, to add more sculpted relief art to this Amazing Great Room. We were even gifted by a little visit from the local Moose! Gotta Love the Colorado Rockies!
Welcome to my New Apprentice, Justin Mencini!
We are happy to announce the addition of our new Apprentice Artist, Justin Mencini to Norling Wakeman Studios!!
He is a talented artist who adds essential artistic skills to our projects, with his talent in sculpture, drawing and painting! Welcome Justin!!
Here he is, in the center, pictured with The Spacies! A very talented Musical Duo, we have become big Fans of!!
A little Transformation "Before and After" of a lovely entrance area in a Gorgeous Breckenridge home!
The fox is looking up the stairs for the 2 dogs who live there. :-)
Last month's Project in Northern Colorado......
Niches are a perfect space for Sculpted Relief Art! Whether it is as a background for a sculpture or a "stand alone" art piece, it can enhance those special areas and I just Love doing them!
The world is discovering "Bas Relief Sculpture on Walls" in a whole new way, and we are excited to be a part of that movement!!
Our work has taken us all over the United States, and we have loved every minute of it!! The Rocky Mountain Region, Texas, Utah, Nebraska, Florida, and even Florida has received sculpted relief on walls from us!
Our most recent Commercial project was the Horan & McConaty Funeral Home in Aurora, CO. What a special group of people working there and easing the pain of those going through some of the toughest moments of their life! It truly is an honor to have our work in that special place!
I Love how relief murals are a beautiful and different approach to interior design issues, show exquisite personal taste, and continually give our clients the "Wow" factor!
I was recently honored to have the opportunity to create a sculpted relief design for the Cabela's private museum entrance wall in Sydney, NE.
This sculpted wall relief is only 3" deep and achieves what we both wanted to convey with this lion scene. They also recently changed the lighting on this project, to wash over the wall, as seen in the different photos, and they are also going to soften the intensity. Here are a few sample photos I took along with one of the concept sketches. I will post better photos as soon as I get them.
I loved hearing the comments, such as: "OMG I have never seen anything like this before, I Love it", at a party she held recently! It was a wonderful affirmation !
When I started this blog page, I wanted a place where I could share my LOVE of sculpted relief art, our projects, and ongoing info. SO it's now time to live up to that and keep this active!!!
Thank you for hanging in there with us throughout these last incredibly busy years while this art form is getting more and more known, popular, and appreciated!
We are breaking ground in this field, because even though this art form has been around a long time, it has not been created in private homes and businesses to the extent it is happening now. Which is very exciting! We can honestly say that no one does this work like we do!! :-) My Sculpted Relief Art Business is a journey of doing what I love and serving my clients, which I find especially enjoyable...and it has been worth every minute, sore muscle and split finger...haha, OUCH!!
Unlike other wall applications, this work is very different each time it is created, which, while making it more valuable, can make it a real challenge, The business issues...like marketing, meeting clients, bidding & overall creating the walls is just a part of doing business, and I learn something overtime I do it.
That being said...I have been wanting to share the variety of experiences that we are having doing this work....and will post more of our experiences in the "business of doing relief art on walls"!
Here is a sample of entrance wall: before, concept sketch, and finished work...