FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How did Geoffrey Smith start scultping?
Smith began casting bronzes from the clay in 1984, after a successful career as a decoy carver. For the detailed biography of Geoffrey Smith please click here to visit the 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 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 downtown Stuart and our 7,000 sqft Artist Studio where Geoffrey creates his artwork. Click here for hours and directions.
How do I book a Studio tour?
We love to share the experience of Geoffrey's art. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a tour.
Can the sculptures go outside?
Yes, the bronzes with the natural style patina are great for outdoor artwork. With time they develop a natural rich patina of their own. Cleaning and care is recommended to keep them looking spectacular.
How do I care for my sculpture?
Can I book the Studio to host a private event or party?
Yes, we love to host events. Please contact us at email@example.com.
What is the lost wax process?
The lost wax method is said to date back to the 3rd millennium BC and was widely used across Europe until the 18th century. The process is slow and tedious with many steps, but is arguably the best method to obtain high quality bronzes.
How is a sculpture made?
Geoffrey's sculptures often start with an experience in nature which lead into inspirations for his work. Once he finds inspiration the sculptures start coming to life from photography and sketches to the armature, clay, molds and finally the bronze. A great example of the process is the "Rising Above" Lotus commissioned by President Donald Trump to give Pope Francis during his trip to the Vatican. Click here to see the process.
Do you ship the sculptures and paintings?
Yes, we do ship. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions and receive a shipping quote.
What is Bronze?
Bronze is a metal alloy primarily consisting of copper mixed with about 12% tin and zinc, sometimes silicone is added.
What is a 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 develope a patina coating.