Delicate nature studies by Arizona artist, R. Bell Smith, are dynamic, spontaneous and rhythmic. Using his extensive skill and mastery of the welding torch, creating in brass and bronze the texture of our most beautiful forest growth. The love of nature and the lure of art proved invincible to Richard and he went directly from academia to become a working professional artist whose artistic sensibilities were found in their expression of a new medium called “welded sculpture”.
His hand made and hand painted sculptures are a result of working with molten metal which he found was an ideal way to capture the flow of organic forms. Smith’s welded metal sculptures tend to be interpretive and on the subjective end of the impressionistic/photographic realist spectrum. Each piece created by the artist is an original welded sculpture, fashioned only with a torch, pair of pliers and his boundless imagination.
The works of Richard B. (Bell) Smith are in widespread personal and corporate collections worldwide.