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Steel Metal Art

The rusty patina of steel is the perfect medium to convey the strong structures and beautiful delicacy of the natural subjects depicted in Tricia Hood’s artwork. Metal cut outs of plants and animals are simple, yet convey movement and detail.

What Kind of Steel is Used for Metal Art?

When exposed to the elements the longevity of steel can be a problem, so where possible, Tricia uses Corten steel which is also known as ‘Sculptors steel’ for her metal art. The Corten steel develops a stable layer of rust on the surface which, unlike mild steel, will not continue to deteriorate as quickly.

Corten was originally developed for the shipping industry (for shipping containers) and is only available in flat sheets that are 2400mm x 1200mm.  If more protection is required pieces can be galvanised and/or powder coated.


Artist Tricia Hood inspecting plasma cutting
Creating metal art
The process of making a large screen involves hand drawing the design and then hand cutting each section out.

Where can I use Metal Art?

Metal art is great for filling a spot on your wall, a bare patch in the garden, or as a decorative means by which to conceal utility areas of your garden.

Steel art and sculptures can be freestanding or wall mounted so there are lots of options for where you might find a spot that needs to be filled. The use of clever lighting adds a further dimension to sculptures and metal art so set up the artwork as a light box where it will add drama to a wall. If the metal art is freestanding, light your artwork from the front and the shadows of the cut outs will cast beautiful patterns high on dark walls.

The Process …

Unlike other ‘metal art’ on the market, Tricia Hood’s artwork is not mass produced using a computerised cutting machine. Each piece of metal art is hand drawn and then hand cut using a plasma cutter so every piece of artwork is unique and made just for you.

Metal Art Collection

Watercolour & Drawings

Tricia's drawings & watercolour paintings are mostly of botanical themes. Her studies explore cottage garden flowers and Australian natives as well as the occasional bird.

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Read about where Tricia Hood finds her inspiration.

Acrylic & Mixed Media

Acrylic paint and mixed media lends itself to bold and bright contemporary paintings. Tricia Hood explores whimsical and flouncy floral themes as well as exploring botanical paintings.

"The richness I achieve comes from nature ... the source of my inspiration".
Claude Monet
Impressionist Artist