FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
How did Geoffrey Smith start sculpting?
When Geoffrey was a small boy, his grandfather taught him how to carve wooden birds. After a successful career as a decoy carver, Smith began casting bronze from clay in 1984. For a detailed biography of Geoffrey Smith, please click here to visit About the Artist page.
Does Geoffrey do private and public commissions?
Yes! Geoffrey has many private and public pieces that are scattered around the world. Most notibly is the "Rising Above" Lotus given to Pope Francis at the Vatican, in May of 2017, by President Donald J. Trump.
Can I purchase directly from the artist?
Yes, you can visit us at our Gallery in historic, downtown Stuart
How to book a Studio tour?
We love sharing the experience of Geoffrey's art!
Can a bronze sculptures go outside?
Yes, bronze sculpture with a natural style patina (non-pigmented) is a great choice for outdoor artwork. With time, they develop a naturally rich patina of their own. Cleaning and care are recommended to keep them looking spectacular.
What is the best way to care for my sculpture?
Can I book Geoffrey Smith Galleries Studio location to host a private event or party?
Yes, we love to host events!
What is the lost wax casting process?
How is a bronze sculpture made?
What is Geoffrey Smith Galleries Shipping Policy?
Due to the fragility of the pieces, the artworks varying sizes, and the value of the work, it is difficult to provide accurate shipping costs at checkout; as a result, we will provide a custom shipping quote after you have placed your order and given us the delivery address. Alternatively, you can pick up your art in Port Salerno, FL in our Studio Location free of charge.
What is Bronze?
Bronze is a metal alloy primarily consisting of copper, mixed with about 12% tin and zinc, and sometimes silicone is added.
What is patina?
Patina is a Greek word meaning color. In the case of a sculpture, the artist applies select chemicals and pigments onto the surface of the bronze, using heat as a catalyst. The bronze will combine to develop a patina coating.
What is the Patina Journal?
The Patina Journal is Geoffrey's monthly newsletter email. It is full of information about animals, art, and the environment. The Journal is a fun source of information and entertainment!
How much does the Patina Journal cost?
There is no cost to receive the Patina Journal! Get tons of great information on what is happening in the realm of Geoffrey Smith, art, animals, and the environment.
How to clean an indoor sculpture?
Why do sculptures turn green?
Copper is a primary ingredient in bronze sculpture. When copper is allowed to come into contact with water and air, over time the oxygen and coper react to form a coating called a patina or verdigris.
How to clean an outdoor statue?
We recommend cleaning your outdoor bronze or stainless steel sculpture with a mixture of water and dish soap using a soft, wipe with a cotton towel to remove debris. Rinse well making sure not to allow the soap to dry. Avoid washing on very hot days or in very bright sunlight (can cause the soap to dry). Be careful to avoid scratching the sculpture. Wax as needed. Do not use wax over a ceramic coating.
Is shipping included in the price?
No, shipping is not included in the price. Shipping prices vary depending on many factors such as weight, insurance value of your purchase as well as the destination. We will provide a custom shipping quote after you have placed your order and given us the delivery address. Alternatively, you can pick up your art in Port Salerno, FL in our Studio Location free of charge. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions or to receive a shipping quote.