The arid, high desert land of New Mexico causes a unique rusting phenomenon to happen to tin that is left laying around outside. It is a slow process that allows the extraneous debris to vanish leaving an intact piece of tin with a fascinating texture and a richly colored surface. This fact, along with the beautiful traditional tin art that is characteristic of the ethnic southwest, was all the inspiration Teresa needed to begin her own rendition of this spiritually inspired art. She began by finding exceptional pieces of rusted tin and old barn wood. She used metal shears to shape the tin and using appropriate tools, stamped designs into the tin, as well. She applied this tin to barn wood shapes, often a cross or a retablo, and then finished the whole thing with copper patina, a little paint, beads, candles and wonderful imported papers. With the exception of help with the tin cutting, Lorenz and Teresa still finish every piece of art they produce in this manner. Drift wood has been added to the type of wood available.
In more recent years, Teresa began rusting some of the tin herself using only salt and water. She and Lorenz continue this process today. They also have a huge collection of found rust which they draw upon for many of their designs. Every creation that is produced by this company is skillfully and lovingly finessed into being by either Lorenz or Teresa, sometime with a little help from Ramona, Lorenz’s talented wife. This is truly a family venture. Since 2012, much of the production takes place in Arizona but New Mexico still remains an integral part of the equation.
Those purchasing artwork from this company receive items made to order at the time of that purchase. The exception to this is found in our Custom Designs Category. Here the exact piece of art that is available for purchase is pictured. When that piece is purchased, that item will be replaced with another piece of artwork. If a customer wishes a Custom piece designed personally for them, a call to Teresa or Lorenz is all that is needed.