My journey as a Metal Artist
The journey that started with my mother giving
me a pen and paper in church to keep me still,
has led me to discovering my purpose in life. Simply put...“Working with metal is what I was
put here to do.”
Over the years of searching and questioning everything, I found metal to be the most interesting and spiritually fulfilling medium for me to create with. My art is a combination of soft organic nature with the hard cold manmade world we live in. And, when put together, it offers an array of thoughts and emotions to whoever is viewing it.
When I start on a new piece, everything else seems to fade away. With only the steel in front
of me, and the thoughts in my head, I can begin
to see it completed before I even start. I use a
number of different techniques, with the most important being my hands, to bend and shape
things using a gentle touch. This gives me the opportunity to let my work tell me how it should
be. My work also tells me when it’s time to stop.
As an artist, I am very fortunate to use my imagination to make a living. It doesn’t matter if
theon looker loves or hates it, but that it provokes some sort of emotion. If I can get someone to
think outside of their everyday world, I feel blessed.
photo by Aaron Voigt http://www.voigtmetal.com
As a sculptor, Jon Watson, aka...”The Metal Gardener” takes his inspiration from nature’s
organic shapes and combines them with various types of steel: old, new, and found; to create
beautiful and thought- provoking works of art. Other inspirations that guide Jon are the art of
Dale Chihuly and the creative talents of Johnny Depp. Taking risks while staying true to one’s
Each sculpture is a work of art that can change and set the mood of the environment where it is
placed. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jon Watson studied art at the Art Institute of Atlanta. After a career in advertising and design, Jon began exploring his artistic ideas in metal. He has shown in selected exhibitions and is included in private collections throughout the United States and internationally.