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Cindy Shake

Cindy Shake Design

"Nature's beauty inspires me daily."

An award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, Cindy Shake was drawn to metal sculpture by the physical challenges inherent in metalworking. Today, the full-time artist works primarily in steel and copper from her studio in Anchorage, Alaska.

"When I see a fluid shape in nature," says Shake, "I am often inspired to interpret the form dimensionally through sculpture. I think continually about the structure, size, balance, and finish until I am able to reflect the figure in metal." Most of the artist's sculptures start with a hand-drawn design, first in her sketchpad, then on sheet metal. Shake cuts each piece from the metal using a plasma torch and shapes the work by hand. It's not unusual for her to work on several sculptures at once, all in various phases of design, cutting, welding, finishing, patina, painting, or installation.

Shake's work is featured in private collections across the United States and Europe.