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Artist of the Week: Lois Meyer

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Lois Meyer: I have been doing these wood pieces for four years now. They range from 15 to 36 inches. All wall mounted pieces are 3-D. I first draw out an images I want to do and then make a pattern for it in levels of 1/4" plywood. Each pieces is cut out separately, using a band saw. It's like a 3-D puzzle. Each new wood piece has to be shaped using my small rotary tools.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
After they are each carved, I glue them together, putty seams, primer and paint them, many times using an airbrush. [I'll use] colored pencils to finish the fine details. Each wood art is poly'ed and there are hangers on the back.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I get my ideas and inspiration from GOD. He comes up with each piece I do and how to do it!

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
My love is nature and animals.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
My background as a builder/crafts person aided in the work I do now. I have done renderings for building developments for years.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
I have my portfolio on Facebook, under lois.meyer.775. Look for the black horse!

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
A future venture is to have my own shop where I can build, create and sell my wood art pieces. I would also like to teach this craft to students. My next project is a wood art of a Nautalis, which is related to the octopus.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
As far as coffee, I like the Swiss mocha mix you get out of a can.