Artists ~ Timothy Michael Hetland ~ Middletown

Artist's Name: Timothy Michael Hetland

1. Tell us about your work
Metal art fabrication combining stone, wood and other earthly materials.

To create everlasting metal sculptures to withstand the winds of time. Using high grade stainless steel, aircraft aluminum and accenting the builds with minerals, crystals and beautiful wood pieces.

 Aircraft aluminum 42'' Lobster w cherry wood , Olive tree made from Aircraft aluminum and Olive wood from Italy, And aircraft aluminum crab w/ cherry wood

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
''Skuteundfish = Norwegian for ''Small vessel and fish'' Handmade metal objects to where you can actually hold them. Most weigh approximately 20-45 lbs on average for the interior pieces with exterior larger display sculptures in excess of 350lbs.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have always been inspired to build something from nothing since I was young. I am a problem fixer: If I can imagine it in my head; my hands can build it. With my Norwegian heritage and the determination to not fail, the piece/object will come together.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My Inspirations come from my thoughts and dreams. Actually a very short thought to make something very unique can start a 90 day process of incredible ups and downs, sleepless nights and many Band-Aids, but overall begins to take shape. When the overall idea is built, I take it to the next level, adding beautiful crystals and other earthly elements such as unique stones or exotic woods to the piece. In my mind, I foresee the beauty before the piece is built. There's nothing better or more enjoyable than to unite and combine high grade man made metals to natural earthly elements and to bring the piece to a full circle.

''Moon Gate'' duel purpose Sculpture  (size 7'x7'x7' ) 350lbs - With 107  beautiful crystals ,and diamonds ,meteors and earth elements set in multiple astral patterns. with Center rotating oculus  
Supported by Twin 6' benches made from 200 year old  Angelique wood from Paraguay South America 

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
My favorite item to create? That's easy! I only make one of everything, so they are all my favorite! I don't cookie cut or duplicate any of the builds. It's a onetime thing and that makes it personal to my clients because they own the only one! I try to build something that will grab your attention quickly and then let your imagination take over from there. What I perceive of the piece is not always what the customer sees and I like that!

6. What’s your best seller?
Best seller? I would say the large metal and stone fish, which are sometimes very difficult to build due to the amount of drilling it takes to finish the piece without destroying the stone. It's always a calculated risk. Sometimes it takes 2-3 tries to get it right but I never give up!

 Aircraft aluminum Mother whale and calf set onto beach stone

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I've lived in RI my whole life. I have never strayed too far from the ocean. My connection to the ocean is huge!

My hometown is in Middletown, RI with my beautiful wife Karen. Living close to the beaches, the open fields and the lesser side of hectic. My friends, my family and the fact of waking up with ''No clouds in my blue sky'' attitude.

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Wanna be makers? Take a deep breath and do it! Stay focused on the task in hand. Ask and Take the criticism, but never get discouraged and never quit. Keep your life in balance and find strength in your frustration and use it to advance. Never forget that you are a very tiny spot in a big space on a large planet in a huge endless universe, yet you can still make a difference to someone! And finally, be happy with yourself and your art will shine!

10. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
I want to thank the many kind and thoughtful people I have met and spoke with in my recent 1 year journey as a artist. In 2016, I will build some very unique and beautiful pieces from the mind and heart for all to enjoy. Hopefully, I can over achieve your expectations and open your eyes and imagination to what is possible.


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