Most of my life has been spent in Arizona but I'm originally from Guam; my early childhood having been around the ocean which fostered a love for water. At an early age I began drawing, painting, and sculpting in clay, followed later by many other creative endeavors and outlets.
My copper art is inspired by a love of nature in all it's forms, and the human plight from the past to present in an ever changing world. The constant, tranquil and soothing flow of a water feature is half the art, and I strive to create pieces that appeal to all of the senses. Through out this website you will find this love of diversity reflected in a variety of thematic artwork.
To me art is a nearly timeless expression of Mankind's journey through life, from the earliest cave paintings to the most modern of works. I think it should not only be shared but give back positively to others, since the gift of life is what inspired art to begin with.
I began teaching myself to work in copper in 2004, and I have been working away with it since.
Copper Sculptor and Artist Joseph Ward (me) at right. Photo from Dec. 12th, 2017. (And pictured on sailboat in 1979)
... allfamily are (always will be) my primary love.
No matter how difficult it seems, never give up on your dreams.
A floral 20 spout custom fountain project completed in a bowl 6ft. dia. x 360mm tall. (Bowl and all flowers unshown below)
Photo from 2004. with a couple of the first pieces of copper art I worked on...
Thank you Mom and Dad...
The desert scene painting is the first painting on "canvas" I ever tried; and made when I was 16 years old. When I was far younger, I found (and found out) that the Sonoran Desert region had been an ocean itself many millions of years ago, and to this day the fossils of ancient marine life can still be found amid the hilly ruins of geology when wandering through some parts of the desert here... and while I appreciate many locales, both have always held a strong allure for me.
Sharing Art is an Benefit to All
Did you know most Art Festivals around the country are non-profit and in various ways, dedicated to enriching and improving the lives of those in their community? From helping to fund scholarship programs for youths for assistance with attaining higher education, to providing extra services to Military Veterans, to ecological conservation to... well, the list goes on and on. Often, many non-profits do fundraising galas with silent auctions and/or raffles to generate funds for their organization. I'm always astounded and inspired by the amazing amount of so many, many people and companies who do so much to help others: Many hands make light work!
I will always feel fortunate to get to be a professional artist, and equally so, both graciously inspired and humbled to get to use my art at times to help contribute a little bit toward such endeavors. With so many going on, I gear my efforts toward helping children and animals (with an ecological framework in mind) both of which are not only nearest and dearest to all; yet they also are the "ones" among us whose voices and aspirations, hold the least ability to herald their own ascension... thus my chosen concentration; a by-product of which I hope inspires my own children...
Looking forward the aim is to further cultivate this concept. Charity takes work. It is also a component of a business model many individuals, companies and/or corporations employ - and employ in many varied ways depending on the point of view it is gazed on from, of which there are many...
And as the saying goes, "every journey begins with a single step"... these leave footprints, leading to a destination... Having been a recipient of generosity many a time before, I'm just trying to do what little part I can to contribute to the overall enhancement of life: to follow in the steps of all those who walked before us... Eventually, as a solid component of my business plan and model, Copper Phoenix Art will have a fund for such endeavors. As always and nevertheless, I hope each piece of art brings enjoyment and relaxation to you and others, but I also want to highlight that such efforts to allow art to benefit others beyond the feeling's art (such as fountains) can evoke -- that in addition to this tranquility aspect -- I want all my customers (past and present) to know that this heartfelt aspiration of mine, cannot and is not achieved alone:
Thank you for your support in word, thought, deed - or any combination thereof!
A Great State of Copper Summary
Here is a link to an excellent article on copper and copper in Arizona. It conveys a lot of necessary information in an exceptionally concise and engaging manner, and I highly recommend reading it.
Copper is not just a family endeavor for some: be it State, Company, or other means... It is an endeavor that benefits everyone, everywhere.
In my humble opinion, art is rightfully the least among uses of copper, yet art as a whole has from the dawn of humanity been intrinsic to the evolution of technologies... and continues to inspire us all in countless ways.
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