Linda Kindler Priest
When I see a heron fly, a squirrel standing upright on my doorstep, or a tiger in a zoo, I am amazed with their grace, agility, and strength. I try to capture the essence of each living thing in metal. This is then combined with minerals, crystals, and precious stones to create an environment or statement about that particular life form. The images are sculpted directly into metal in relief form with a very ancient technique called repoussage. This process allows my personality to be embedded into the sculpture. Stones have become extremely important in my work over the years. I hunt down stones and crystals to find something that will precisely fit a particular piece, to give strength or enhance motion or to imply its natural setting. I cut the larger stones to precisely fit the design and create the environment that I desire.