I lead a dual life of commissioned sculptor and studio artist, with a focus on bas-relief bronze sculpture. The scale of my work ranges from hand held coins to standing monuments. The coins and medals are struck at a variety of private mints in bronze, silver, or gold. The bronzes are cast at an art foundry and then I apply the patina to each one by my own hand.
I love bas-relief for its harmonious marriage between the tactile nature of sculpture with the illusional qualities of drawing. It can depict effects such as shadow, transparency, and atmosphere which are not usually attributed to sculpture.
Symbolism and the human figure are featured prominently in my studio work. My style is contemporary and representational. It is inspired by classic Italian art, ancient Egyptian carvings and heavily influenced by modern Polish sculpture, specifically in the juxtaposition of positive and negative spaces.
Most people are surprised to learn I did not attend any art school or college. Still I don't like to call myself "self-taught". I built my autodidactic education with a tower of books, museums of the world, and the kindness of other artists.
I stay active in the art community through my involvement in art organizations such as AMSA (American Medallic Sculpture Association) and NSS (National Sculpture Society). Over the years I've trained over a dozen artists as medallic sculptors and occassionally conduct workshops.
2019 marks my 32nd year as a professional artist.
HEIDI WASTWEET is a leading American Medallist and sculptor who specializes in bas-relief, from cast and struck medals to public monuments. In conjunction with a wide variety of private mints she has produced over 1000 coins, medals, and tokens since 1987. She was chief engraver for Sunshine Mint for 11 years and lead designer/sculptor for Global Mint for 5 years. In 2001 she opened her own studio and relocated from Idaho to Seattle Washington in 2003, then to San Francisco Bay area in 2013. She currently serves as President for AMSA, the American Medallic Sculpture Association; member of FIDEM, the international organization of Medalists; and elected member of NSS, National Sculpture Society. Her work has been shown in magazines, newspaper and digital media, and she exhibits her non-commission work regularly, including Medialia Gallery in New York and Bellevue Art Museum in Washington. She served on the Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee for the US Mint from 2010 to 2018 and teaches an annual medal workshop at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.
Photo by Tara Gimmer
Your purchase means a lot to me and I want to make it as easy and fun as possible. If that means making payments, just ask. Have a special request? Just ask. Ready to buy? Use the PayPal button on the sculpture's page. Don't like PayPal? Send me an email to arrange payment by check. Your sculpture will be shipped after payment is received.
Keep in mind that not all sculptures are immediately available. They may be out on loan to an exhibit or recently sold. If a cast is not immediately available but the edition is not yet sold out, then a new cast can be ordered. This will be a 8-12 week wait time. If delivery time is a deciding factor please email before ordering.
Each bronze is finished with a unique, hand applied patina so it may vary slightly from the photo. If you are not pleased with the sculpture after you receive it you may return it within 60 days for a full refund. Domestic ground shipping is included in the cost. Expedited shipping will be charged extra.
Art medals are packaged in a pouch and/or box. Bas reliefs bronzes are fixed with a hanger on the back so they can be displayed either on an easel or hung on the wall. The largest and heaviest are fitted with a French cleat for hanging. If you would like to mount the bronze, please contact me and I can arrange for bolts to be set on the back.
I am currently accepting commissions as my schedule allows. I'm always happy to answer questions and give guidance where possible.
Contact me via email with your concept. I can work with finished art or just an idea. I will provide you with a bid based on the complexity of design. A 50% deposit is required to begin work. After the design is approved, further changes will incur additional fees. A photo of the finished sculpture is emailed for approval. After approval, no more adjustments are allowed. Full payment is required before shipping.
Photo by Tara Gimmer