Michael Ferreira, Artist
Welcome to Visions In Wood. I create art using paint, metal and wood. I have been designing for 24 years.
Bio: After working for Xerox Corporation and later in the music industry, I returned to school to complete my BA and became a computer guy.
Fast-forward 15 years, I became interested in woodworking and enrolled in an arts program at Palomar College at San Marcos, California. Born and raised in San Diego, I was living in La Jolla at the time.
Near the end of my first school year, I entered two pieces designed for an art competition. I was awarded both first and second prize. Near the end of my final year, I entered a project for the Southern California Exhibition at Del Mar, California and was awarded 'Best of Show'. At that point in my life I felt I had some talent for design.
Work: After completing the program I began accepting commissions creating furniture, designs of which I fell in love with during my early studies--mainly 18th century American. Several years later I became fascinated with contemporary art. My focus changed to creating art in a very different way. My vases and sculptural forms have the look, feel and color of glass.
This is a new idea. I am aware of no one else using these new techniques that I've developed.
On a slightly different note, I was mistakenly invited to the 'Best of the Northwest Art' exhibitions in Portland , Oregon for pottery and glass by one of the show's directors who had seen my work. I pointed out that my medium was not created from glass or clay but from a mixed media of wood, paint and patinated metals. We both had a good laugh.
My work resides in many US cities and countries including Canada, Australia, Austria, Scotland, England, the Netherlands, China and Japan.