Textured bark on an old willow tree. The rippled pattern of tumbled stones beneath moving water. A web of fallen leaves on autumn ground. All of these speak about place and time and all of these find their way into the abstract art of Holly Rodes Smithey. The unique landscape that is Central Oregon infuses the forms she sculpts and the patterns she makes.
The contrast between the solidity of cold raw steel and the malleability of the material when worked with heat and flame also finds expression in Holly's metalwork. Her use of unique patinas acts as storyteller, while rhythm and balance play primary roles.