Poets, painters, writers and more are just some of the talented people that live in the Chino Valley /Paulden area. In the new generation of artists we have an upcoming sculptor, Kristin Miller.
" I have always grown up with art as my father is very artistic. While in school I took every opportunity to learn more art and take any class that was offered in every media," Kristin said.
After high school graduation Kristin started working at Prescott foundry Petersen Creations.
"I started as a patina prep, which is sand blasting and treating the metal. Now my job is to color the bronze that artists bring to us to their specifications using heat and chemicals," Kristin explained.
"I really enjoy my job at the foundry, and since working there I have learned a lot about bronze coating and sculpting," she added.
About eight years ago Kristin tried her hand at sculpting and casting her own bronze work.
"My first piece was supposed to be a vase, but it broke in half so I switched gears and sculpted an ugly, expressive face on it and put it in the mold room as a joke. But, everyone liked it and told me I should cast it, so I did. It still draws a lot of attention," Kristin said with a grin.
So far Kristin has done six bronze pieces of her own and was privileged to be one of several people at the foundry to work on a bronze monument of Barry Goldwater by Debra Fellows that will be going to Washington, D. C.
"It was really neat to have a piece brought to us that each of us got to work on and to be part of something that millions of people will be observing," she said.
Kristin admitted that she goes through many emotions when she is working on one of her own bronze pieces.
"When I start a piece it's exciting, then somewhere in the middle it becomes tedious and frustrating and I really have to demonstrate will power to get to the completed product. But, when I get to the end and am putting patina on my own piece it's almost euphoric, and very satisfying, because I'm the judge of the final product," Kristin said.
The latest pieces that Kristin is working on are a rabbit and a deep sea fish.
"My pieces are pretty off-the-wall, and probably not to everyone's taste," she said. "But I strive to be unique and hopefully people will see this and be touched."