After 30 years of working in the metal trades, Dolton Roberts was looking for a way to use his skills to start his own business in partnership with his wife, Debbie. Together they came up with Circle D Metal Art and made their first showing as such in March of 2003.
Debbie creates the image and then fine tunes the detail to best work with the metal medium. Dolton uses Debbie's image to cut the metal with a hand held plasma arc, then chips and grinds the artwork smooth. After an acid bath, the artwork is polished and skillfully heated with a torch to bring out the beautiful colors inherent in the metal - similar to painting, but with a torch. The piece is then coated with a polymer that leaves the metal surface waterproof, smooth and shiny.
In 2004, Dolton and Debbie moved to South Central New Mexico from coastal Mississippi. They are greatly inspired by the beautiful mountains encircling their studio and enjoy handcrafting their "artwork in metal" with the Capitan Mountains and Sierra Blanca always in view.
Five styles to choose from (click on images at left for detail):
Thunderbird: Embellished with turquoise studs, approx. 12" tall and 14" wide (30.5 and 35.6 cm)
Zia Sun with Roadrunner: Embellished with turquoise studs, approx. 13" by 13" (30 by 30 cm)
Moon and Clouds: Approx. 13 - 14" wide and 5-1/2 - 7" tall (33 - 35.6 and 14 - 17.8 cm)
Spiral Cross: Approx. 8" tall and 6" wide (20.3 and 15.2 cm)
Zia Kachina: Embellished with turquoise studs, approx. 13" by 13" (30 by 30 cm)