The Lupine Cottage Artisan Terri-Lynn Powers, Monroe Metal Works
Meet Lupine Artisan Terri-Lynn Powers
Born and raised in Maine, my inspirations come from a deeply rooted love of the wilds of Maine and the heritage of its inhabitants. Drawing has always been an enjoyable pastime of mine, inherited I guess from generations of artists I come from. Two years ago, my husband suggested I come out to the metal shop where he builds woodstoves and other metal fabrications, to test my drawing skills with a plasma torch. As the daughter of a pipefitter, I had a nostalgic feeling in that shop from the years being with my father as he cut, welded and bended metal into fine creations.
I had always wanted to try, but feared the fire. With his patience and guidance, my husband taught me how to embrace that fire and a new creative outlet has flourished. Cutting metal has become much more than a picture and a flame for me.
The shop is a familiar place, burns in my jeans, soot on my forehead, scars on my arms...remind me of my dad. It’s where I can express my love for Maine, the integrity of our past, and the beauty around us, and each piece is able to intrigue someone else’s nostalgic memories of their place, their family, their heritage. The old hand saws and shovels I find embody the legacies of those who worked these lands and forests, as I give them new life blending scenes of our natural treasures and the heritage of our people. I’ve done all sorts of metal works, from customized decorative pieces, wall hangings, windchimes, driftwood and metal sculptures, and more!