You’ve got an Awesome Place…

Now for that Awesome Finishing Touch

Learn how easily you can bring a Whole New Level of Character to your Great Room or another place in Your Home or Business

  • Is there a particular area you haven’t found the perfect decoration for?
  • Have you gotten a little too used to that picture you’ve been using as a temporary filler?
  • Has your search for just the right art to express the character of your home or office been in vain?
  • Or did you ever find something you did like, but then it wasn’t the right size?
  • It’s not always easy to find the artwork you love, that truly compliments a particular setting.

I’ve been making both decorative and functional sculpture and wall art for over 36 years. From my first decorative heat shield to my latest Percent for Arts Commission, I’ve got over 80 commissions under my belt. As the testimonials below confirm, I feel confident I can create a work of art that you’ll be honored to pass along through the generations.

These are some of the things that I can make for you:

  • Heat Tinted, Engraved Steel Wall Art
  • Decorative and Sculptural Tables
  • Free-Standing Sculptures
  • Both Cast and Carved Bas-Relief Panels
  • Interior & Exterior Artwork
  • Finials for Posts, Logs & Timbers
  • Pierced Wood and Metal Screens, Overlays and Wall Pieces
  • Headboards and Mantels
  • Portraits
  • Door Panels
  • Mobiles
  • Custom Portals and Doorways 
  • Decorative Heat Shields for Wood Stoves
  • Panels for Soapstone Stoves & Masonry Heaters
  • Signs
  • And More…

What can you imagine for your own setting?

The Inspiration and Challenges provided by each Unique Commission are a Catalyst for my Creativity

As an artist, I can't help but get excited when presented with a new commission setting. Combinations of materials, techniques and subject matter all begin to take form in my mind. This begins with a general feeling of what would go well in the space and continues to develop through interaction with my client, contemplation, design work,  and the odd flash of inspiration.

Mountain Man with Raven

Many of my pieces are designed for their specific setting. This pierced cherry mantle and open relief were inspired by the shapes in the beautiful masonry fireplace. It was designed to compliment, rather than hide the rockwork.

Fishing Bear wth Raven

Different locations offer unique opportunities. This large, layered wall piece was made for a recessed shelf. I formed the stream into an S-curve to flow out and over the edge of the shelf. This relief sculpture was also designed with a specific maple slab in mind.

Through Your Spotting Scope

Here's a detail from the larger picture above. This piece is a 13.5' wide x 9.5' high, percent for art commission made for the new Kesugi Ken Interpretive Center in Denali State Park. If you're traveling the Parks Hwy, be sure to stop in to see it. It's just north of the Denali  Viewpoint South at mile 135.4.

The One That Got Away

Wall pieces can be made either as a single layer or in multiple layers. This 5' wide, single layer, piece of steel wall art was first designed around a 13.5' long, double curved and forked cherry board. This will go behind the salmon stream. Another large cherry board will be behind the bear. I still have these boards and am waiting for just the right setting to make them into an impressive layered version.

Seasons of the Sockeye

Some designs look great in a variety of settings. This engraved steel and wood wall piece could also be made as a table top.

Golden Eagle with Fish

When I was asked to carve this eagle as a final for a 24" octagon post, the log and timber frame house was already under construction with the post standing in place.

Unexpected Company

Here's another example of a limited edition, layered steel engraving. These can be made in a size best suited to your space. With these pieces, the grinding patterns and colorful heat tints combine for a dynamic visual effect which changes with the lighting and your viewpoint.

Denali National Park Table

This coffee table depicts the mountains and animals of Denali National Park in engraved steel. The central disc can be rotated to provide various orientations of the circular design for each viewer. Tables can be made in both symmetrical and natural shapes from many different materials.

Between the Tides

This recent commission for an Inn in Homer is another example of a limited edition, engraved steel wall piece. It can be made in a variety of sizes and would also lend itself to a layered version.

Fishing Bear with Sun

Some are made with specific materials in mind. This wall piece was designed around a couple of maple slabs and uses wormy chestnut bark shingles that were leftover from the house's siding, to make the texture on the bear.

At the Breathing Hole

As with many of my existing designs, this layered steel and wood relief is one of a limited edition which can be custom made in a size to fit your space.

Polar Bear Sniffing at the Wind

This large carving stands 7.5' tall and was made from a 36" diameter, white spruce log for a collector in Fairbanks.

Italian Flagstone Carver

Reliefs can be made as carvings or castings in a variety of materials and on many scales. They can be stand alone pieces or used to enhance the character of existing architecture, doors, wood stoves etc.

Each of these projects began with a drawing or model

Mountain Man with Raven

This project was done before I used computers and digital cameras.  I made a full-size rubbing of the masonry wall which was used to create the patterns. The design was drawn to follow the shapes in the rockwork in a scaled down version of the rubbing.

Fishing Bear with Raven

Some designs can take a long time to come to fruition. I had to come up with his particular design overnight, and happily, it came together quite spontaneously.

Through Your Spotting Scope

Coming up with designs is usually a progressive evolution, going through several iterations before I've got what I'm after. You can see how this design evolved at  Through Your Spotting Scope.

Between the Tides

I like adding reference to the seasons and earth's elements and cycles to designs. This gives me a chance to combine more abstract design elements with the naturalistic ones.

Seasons of the Sockeye

This design, made for Central Peninsula Hospital, is a variation of one made for a table top in 2003. It depicts the life cycle in a salmon stream.

Salmon Life Cycle

For three-dimensional pieces, I make a small clay model to work out the forms and present the concepts.

Unexpected Company

I enjoy incorporating story in my work. It offers an added dimension of interaction, drawing the viewer into a deeper participation and affinity with the artwork.

The One That Got Away

A thankful salmon slips stealthily upstream as a fishing black bear is distracted by a thoughtful raven.

Fishing Bear with Sun

My initial sketch will give you a sense of how your finished piece will look.

Denali National Park Table

Tables lend themselves to circular designs which can be viewed from different places in the room. I've also made many circular designs on large diameter sawmill blades. These can hang on a wall or over a mantle and be rotated on their hangers.

At the Breathing Hole

Here, a lone polar bear and arctic fox watch stealthily as a seal rises to it's breathing hole

Italian Flagstone Carver

A drawing from one of my travel sketchbooks.

Creative Synergy

One of my favorite things about making custom artwork for people is when the ideas and dreams you have for your home or business come together synergistically with my experience and artistic sensibility. This results in something totally new; something neither of us could have imagined on our own.

1. The first thing to do is get together, share ideas and discuss different possibilities. We can do this on the phone, or in person at your place, or at my studio in Homer.

2. Once we’ve got a direction to go in, I’ll work on a drawing or drawings for your review. With a design approved and formalities taken care of, it’s time for me to begin creating your artwork.

3. They say the journey’s as important as the destination and you, your guests, and your friends will be able to follow along with my progress while your artwork is created. You can Like my Facebook page or Follow me on Instagram, to see regular updates and process photos from Creative Fires Studio. If you don’t use social media, I’m happy to send pictures and updates by email.

4. Depending on the scope of your project, and my current commission schedule, you could be enjoying your new artwork in as little as few weeks. Once it’s delivered and installed, you can begin to enjoy your new investment and share it with your friends and guests. 

Complimentary Portfolio

When your artwork is finished, I’ll send you a complimentary copy of “Art and Innovation from the Creative Fires” and feature it on the cover. I’ll also include a section on how your piece was made.

Here's what some of my clients have to say…

Mountain Man with Raven

I met Jeff at Art in the Park in Blowing Rock. He had an impressive portfolio, and as I'd recently built a new home in Linville, I asked him to design a wall sculpture for the tall stone fireplace. He came by the house, and after discussing themes and commenting on the beautiful masonry job, he came up with a design that complimented the stone work rather than hiding it. It is a beautiful piece and was a special part of the house. I enjoyed it for many years, and now, 20 plus years later, the family that currently owns the house comments on it often.

John Blackburn

Manager, Eeseola Lodge

Sea Dragon

It's extravagantly beautiful workmanship. It was a pleasure working with Jeff. He presented ideas and thoughts, and was helpful with suggestions.

Dr. Keith Hediger

Owner, Hediger Chiropractic

Denali Table

My family and I have enjoyed the beautiful creativity of Jeff Dean's artistic production in our home for nearly 20 years.  This has been in the form of the "Denali Table" which depicts various Alaskan wildlife pictured on iron set over a gorgeous wood table with metal coasters set around the table's periphery depicting the "foot prints" of all the pictured wildlife.  This piece has been the topic of so many joyful conversations and memories and truly has forged lifetime memories for so many.  I value this piece more than any other work of art in our home.  My family and I have come to treasure this work not only for its beauty but for what it has evolved over time to represent in our Alaskan home.  Thank you so much Jeff for sharing your gift with all of us!

Jim Tamai

MD, Fairbanks, AK

At the Breathing Hole

We commissioned Jeff Dean and Creative Fires studio to create a sculpture for our entryway. Jeff sat down and discussed the possiblities with us. We decided to have him create “At the breathing hole” to be done with a combination of wood and steel.

We can’t believe how wonderful it turned out. The sculpture was better than we imagined it would be. Jeff sent us pictures throughout the process so we could “watch” it being created and also invited us to his workshop to see the progress.

We highly recommend Jeff for any work you wish done. His talent and creativity are amazing and we are extremely pleased with the work he has done for us.

Keith and Melissa Kenaston

Owners, Crane's Rest B&B

Sir Bailey & Gator

Jeff:

I receive more pleasure from your two magnificent bronze portraits of my beloved dogs than from all my other art combined. You captured their likenesses and their spirits perfectly and forever. Thank you.

William Jeter

Attorney, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Grace Ridge Brewing Sign

We were starting a new business and moving into a new building. I had not thought about a sign and was recommended to contact Mr. Dean. He came out, looked over the building and asked about our requirements. He quickly prepared a conceptual proposal that was accepted.

His design for our sign was nicely adapted to the space available, incorporated design elements from the building, was produced with lasting materials, and gave us a beautiful statement for our business. I would highly recommend him for artwork that is creative, adapts to the surroundings, and makes a pronouncement about the concepts he is trying to bring forward. Don Stead

Owner, Grace Ridge Brewing

Exceptional Art for an Exceptional Setting

  • Enhance the ambiance of your home or business with artworks designed especially for your unique setting
  • You have many options for both decorative and functional works made in a variety of materials
  • Choose from one-of-a-kind and limited edition designs
  • Use an existing design or commission something new
  • Enjoy working one on one with an Alaska-born artist offering over 36 years of experience
  • Add another to the list of memorable experiences your guests will remember
  • And enjoy sharing, living with, and working around, remarkable artwork

Next Steps

As you’ve absorbed all this, you may have had a few flashes of inspiration, or you may have decided to leave that up to me. You may feel you need to look around your place to get a sense of whether there’s a possible fit for my work or run it by your partner. You may just have a few unanswered questions.

Either way, give me a call or send me an email and let me know what you’re thinking. If something’s peaked your interest, tell me what that may be, whether you have a specific spot in mind and if there’s anything you might be imagining for it.

With a sense of what you like about my art, any particular subject matter you might prefer, timeframe or budget considerations, and a sense of the setting, my creative energy can begin to flow, and that’s where the magic begins…

We can discuss the ideas I come up with and I’ll make a sketch or model for your review. Once it’s refined and approved I’ll use it as a reference for creating your artwork.

There are many factors that weigh in on how much any artwork may cost. These include the size and complexity of the design, material and style choices and delivery or installation considerations. The current values of the examples presented on this page range from $1400 – $42,000. With this in mind, I’ve gotten very good at finding elegant solutions to meet the requirements of most budgets.

Thanks for taking a look. With no obligation on your part, I welcome the opportunity to explore the possibilities with you.

Creative Fires Studio

“Let the magic begin…”

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