Hello, and welcome to my website.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and view my work.
I just took a series of dragonfly sculptures to the Noyes Art Gallery in Lincoln, NE. Making them was fun and as I made each successive one, I learned things and applied my new knowledge as I went. This is the most exciting thing to an artist. I still have two dragonfly bodies laying out on my workbench waiting for where, how and on what I will perch them. I try to make things in all price ranges because, let’s face it, not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars on artwork for their home. The one shown here is sold but check back often because I am constantly creating and posting updates. See you soon!
Walleye -- SOLD!
This is the big one that didn’t get away! He’s massive at 40″ x 22″ x 6″ and he weighs 17 pounds. He’s made from a bunch of awesome tools including scythe blades, harrow tines, saw blades, S wrenches, pitch fork, washers, nails and scrap metal. He’s been clear coated so he can go inside or out and would look great hanging above the doorway to your man cave or over the fireplace in your den.
Lifesized "Sandhill Crane Silhouette" - $445
The “Sandhill Crane Silhouette” is 46″ x 53″ x 9″ and weighs 12 lbs. It is made from 18 gauge cold rolled steel, steel rod and one blade from a hand clipper. The finish on it is a metal stain from Sculpt Nouveau which provides a beautiful, transparent finish that allows the polished surface of the metal below to shine through. It almost has a blue-black cast to it but in the sun it is a true black. This would look lovely over a doorway or fireplace and would be a wonderful gift for the sandhill crane lover in the family. It is available at the Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S. 9th St. Lincoln, NE 402-475-1061. Their hours are Tues-Sat 10-5. The staff there is so wonderful and helpful. Give them a call today and they would be more than happy to help!
Cinnamon Girl - $8950
“Cinnamon Girl” is an indoor sculpture made of 18 and 20 gauge cold rolled steel, steel rod and scrap metal including horse bits, a horse shoe and pieces from a hames. She is 68″ x 52 3/4″ x 24″ and weights 125 lbs. She is attached through 1/2″ rods through two hooves to a 14 gauge steel plate reinforced from below, sitting on a 1/8″ strap edge. It is available at the Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S. 9th St., Lincoln, NE, 402-475-1061. Hours Tues-Sat 10-5. Call them, they are friendly!
Teri Martens and a commissioned piece, “The Story.”
Martens is a Midwesterner gifted with a strong mechanical ability. She was born in the city, but spent lots of time on her grandparents’ farm growing up. In her early twenties, Martens was involved in a start up bicycle business, but rather than working in sales or doing the books, she became a mechanic, building racing wheels and repairing bicycles. Over the years Martens got her bachelor’s degree in communication, had a child and worked for a newspaper and for various large corporations in advertising. In 2009 her husband signed her up for a welding class at a local community college. She excelled in the class and a metal sculptor was born. In 2013 Martens did her first large exhibition, a RAW event which started a series of other shows and exhibits and eventually gallery representation.
Martens works almost exclusively in steel, either new or scrap and many sculptures are a combination of welded and assemblage pieces. She enjoys animal themes — owls, foxes, birds, fish, horses, and cats but she has also created many outdoor pieces — trellises, birdbaths, arbors and suns. She has refined her methods and processes for the past 10 years moving from two dimensional work into almost exclusively 3D. She describes her work as mostly problem solving. “I find a piece that I think will work for an owl’s wing, for example, but it may need to be heated and bent or drilled and attached with screws.” So there’s always a problem she must solve before she can make something work.
Martens’ mission in life as well as in her art is simple: Be kind, be useful, be productive. Every day as she enters her studio she is grateful that she has the opportunity to create art that uplifts, surprises and is loved for the way it makes her collectors feel.
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