Meeting creative and artistic challenges is the key to metal sculptor Breezy Anderson’s loving life here in Bend. “I thrive on challenges. I’m motivated by the goals I set for myself. I push myself hard to accomplish these goals, as I know with enough determination and hard work anything is possible. My creativity comes without thinking. I have no fear of trying something new and different as I feel art flourishes with a sense of adventure.”
That sense of adventure pervades Breezy’s life, not just in the art she creates but also in the ways she spends her free time. “Like so many others here, I’m passionate about outdoor adventure. To ski/snowboard, hike, mountain bike, explore. The one activity I look forward to the most is backcountry/single track riding on my dirt bike. I crave the adrenaline rush and enjoy discovering new places. Finding those ‘hidden secrets.’ I’m consistently impressed by the beauty of Bend and surrounding areas.”
Breezy moved to Bend eighteen months ago to take advantage of the outdoor recreation, but also because of the arts that flourish in Bend. “I was drawn to Bend’s thriving art scene in particular. The community is amazing, filled with people who inspire me.”
Breezy’s journey into being a working artist began in London, where she spent 10 years working in business. But then she tried sculpting. “Five years ago it all began with a few scrap pieces of Iron from a junk yard and an old hobby half-working welder. And I was hooked. Hook, line and sinker. I knew that day… welding, creating, fabricating was IT. And I have never looked back.”
Breezy works to push the envelope on what she can achieve through sculpture. “An important goal for me is to master new techniques. To construct works of art that make people question how they were done. I’m a self-taught sculptor who has learned through trial and error. Figuring it all out on a personal journey. And it evolves as it goes… Some of the biggest challenges in reaching these goals have been failure at times. But I’m not afraid of failure as I know there’s something to come of it. Something important to learn and therefore improve as an artist, as an individual.
Breezy is drawn to her medium. “Steel and concrete in particular have always intrigued me. Their unmoving strength. It’s essential to me the works created have a story and strong voice. At times these pieces can be controversial. My goal is to make people stop and question, think when they see my work. I tell my own story with each sculpture, but I leave room for others to tell the story they see/envision.”
Breezy is a huge fan of Bend and plans to stick around and practice her art here for a while. “Bend is an exceptional place to work and live. I love the Entrepreneurial spirit the town has. The town is big enough to have great restaurants, activities, parks, festivals, breweries, etc and yet the city is spread out and arranged to feel small. And to have big blue sunny skies for over 300 days a year is the icing on the cake!”
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Story credit: Kathy Schroeder