You know that feeling you have when you see a piece of art and
you think to yourself: "I need to have that"? That’s the type of
art people have told me that I create: colorful and unique, with a
whimsical touch. Most people smile when they look at my work!
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest in an area east of Seattle, I learned to appreciate the beauty of my surroundings. I was especially affected by nature and the cycle of life, with elements both seen and unseen. With the artistic influence of my father, a photographer, and the mathematical influence of my mother, a computer programmer, my studies in the Industrial Design Program at Western Washington University seemed a perfect foundation for a career as an Industrial Designer. My whole life I have analyzed designs for their benefits and faults…searching for new and clever solutions.
After spending 8-9 years working for others while I designed and estimated the construction costs for steel gates, handrails and fencing for high-end homes on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, I made a decision in March of this year to change my focus. I wanted my own business…and felt that with my imagination and business knowledge I could produce art that would make a difference in people’s lives.
In my shop in Sequim I work primarily with copper, although I also use steel…integrating brass, glass, hypertufa and other elements as accents. The metals I use are cut and shaped, joined, colored and textured with grinding, overlaying and heat-treating. Some of my artwork incorporates resources that have been repurposed, like tin cans. Other pieces are created totally anew. Finishing spray made up of a blend of acrylic resins is applied to selected pieces to hold the colors…and to prevent rusting. The copper on other pieces is left untreated so the green patina will age and improve over time.
My prices range from $9 for a small copper sconce…to $88 for a garden stake fish made out of tin cans, copper and brass….to $175 for a unique dragon head sculpture made out of copper or $200 for a really large crab. Copper and steel trellises run $125 - $350, depending upon size and design. Fountains are priced from $450 - $1200.
It’s been a hectic time for me since March 2012….a busy and exciting time filled with solid success and tons of learning!
--In May 2012 I received a Special Merit Award from the Sequim Art Museum juried
art show for one of my fish..."Cameron Firefly" (10th place out of 380
applicants)! And this year my fountain titled "Paradise in a Pod" was accepted
into the 2013
--I have completed a number of commissioned sculptures and projects.
--I have tons of new ideas for products I want to build! Sometimes there just isn't
enough time in the day to get everything done...but hopefully you will see some
of those products at upcoming shows in the near future!!
--I have opened online stores where some of my art is available for purchase:
--My art is also available for purchase at several retail outlets on the Olympic
Peninsula and in
-Lost Mountain Lavender, Nash's Organic Produce, McComb Nursery and the
Sequim Museum & Arts Center in Sequim;
-Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner;
-Lavender Wind Farm in Coupeville;
-Bloomtime Gardens in Elllensburg; and,
-Green Valley Nursery in Walla Walla.
--My sculptures now reside in homes and gardens far beyond Sequim,
Washington...in places like Alaska, Oregon, California, Montana, Ohio, Nebraska,
Nevada, Virginia, New
York, British Columbia and Nova Scotia...and even as
away as Zimbabwe! An artist I met recently said I can now say I am now known
--And I have started asking clients to send me photos of my artwork in their homes
and gardens so that in the future I can begin publishing these pictures.
--My art is finding new markets based on wonderful articles being published...like
this one! http://artfulgardennw.com
--And...I continue to show my work at
selected arts and crafts shows.
Through all of these experiences I have met so many
wonderful people...other artists, show managers and of
course...so many new clients who now support me and my work!!
Going forward, I will be focusing on participating in more fine art
also plan to expand my retail and gallery presence.
Until my website is completed, please contact me via email at Natalie@SteelCoyote.com if you have any questions about my products or upcoming shows and/or special pieces or projects you would like me to design and create for you! Or, call me at 360-681-3911. I would love to hear from you!!
Best of the Northwest - Spring....I will be there!!! Can't wait to add another Steel Coyote piece to our home!
What a great name and such unique quality stuff! We are so happy with the metal lab dog head and plan on purchasing another piece in the near future. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.
Love your website !! You know I'm a fan and hooked on your artwork. Santa loves his new reindeer too !
I received your snails on Tuesday and gave them to my dad yesterday, and he LOVED THEM!!!! Thanks again, look forward to following your site on Facebook and hopefully more purchases in the future!
I have one of your metal fish displayed on my water-side deck screwed to one of the support beams. I frequently get complimentary remarks about it as it's whimsical and a real attention-getter. Your work is beautiful and fun!
WE LOVE THE FISH!!!! Thanks very much!!!
Had such a good time meeting you in Poulsbo this summer. Looking forward to seeing you again at Old Mill Days end of September. I love my kitty and lavender sconce and know my kids/grandsons will love the special turtle you made just for them. You are amazing !
Thank you for your email... I’m glad you are doing well! I wanted to forward a couple of pictures of my coyote (or dog) grouping from the Kingston show where I met you. I love them and hope to stop by the Port Gamble show. Take care and thank you again.
The web site is looking great! Visited with you at the Balloon Festival in Sequim. Loved your stuff! Best of luck! See you at Old Mill Days!!
7/17-19 Sequim Lavender Festival
Lost Mountain Lavender Farm
7/26-28 Kitsap Arts & Crafts Fair
Mike Wallace Park
8/2-4 Anacortes Art Festival
8/16-18 Poulsbo Art Festival