Wolfgang Vaatz creates vivid imagery of the natural landscape using gold flake and engraved lines to achieve varying levels of dimension in his works.
"All work is hand-fabricated: I create my scenes by engraving, carving through the layers of Gold or silver. Originally being a painter and sculptor and then a self-taught jeweler, I take an unconventional approach. I like to combine precious metals, melting and fusing them together to create a unique texture. Purposefully, I use unrefined placer gold gold, which is directly obtained from CA miners, who pan the gold with minimal environmental impact, to enhance the individual pattern. and emphasizing either the polished or oxidized silver"
-Wolfgang Vaatz Artist Statement