CASEY WHITEHALL, BIO/STATEMENT
My name is Casey Whitesell. Iím a 29 year old metal artist/welder living in Running Springs. My family has lived on the mountain for about 20 years in Lake Arrowhead.
I first started welding and working with metal in 2008 when I attended a technical theater program at PCPA in Santa Maria, CA, and I was eager to learn even more about the process. I took welding classes at San Bernardino Valley College and also attended a welding program at the Center for Employment Training in Colton, CA. I learned how to work with steel and aluminum, and learned how to weld using the MIG, TIG and SMAW welding processes, and became familiar with cutting tools like the plasma cutter and oxy-fuel torch.
My metal art is inspired by the beautiful animals and plants around us here on the mountains. As a child I was always fascinated with the abundance of wildlife here. I love the permanence and beauty of steel and aluminum, and I love making art out of something that can be difficult and challenging to work with or manipulate. I really enjoy treating metal with different finishes, like rust, alcohol inks, heat treatment, or polish. I use the MIG and TIG welding processes as well as a plasma cutter to create my metal art.
I am so excited and thankful to be a part of the Mountain Arts Network and canít wait to continue creating and displaying more of my art in the Gallery.