Jim has always been involved in Art. Throughout the 60's and 70's, he played guitar and sang in various venues in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington State and ending up in Los Angeles. His success was pretty good and there were a few brushes with the "in" crowd, with less than stellar outcomes. Beginning in 1980, he began 30 years of public service, he refers to this part of his life as a “30yr Hiatus”!
After his retirement from the L.A. County Probation Department, Jim resumed his art on a full time basis. Having a love of master-crafted machine parts and visiting various salvage yards, he started creating pieces of every type. Link and roller chain, large sprockets and gears comprise the majority of this pieces and his work in general. Glass, wood and ceramic add different texture and color to his work. Recycling machine parts and various glass and wood scrap into works that people enjoy and call ”Art” gives him great pleasure and satisfaction. He is currently working and learning to work in bronze, John Soderberg, Master bronze artist is mentoring him in this media. He would love to have you visit his website “marshallsmetalworks.com” and let him know what you think. He has recently become a member of the Pasadena Society of Artists and was featured in their 90 year annual art show in Montrose, Ca. Currently his work can be found in the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, Ca.
I am a self-taught welder. I locate odd pieces of scrap metal and create stuff/art. I find it shameful to find expertly machined parts that are just thrown away as scrap and simply melted down. It is very satisfying to retrieve these pieces and create something that folks enjoy. My tools are; Lincoln Arc Welder, 4 ½” cut-off grinder and my imagination.
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