Grand National Art Show

Me with the groupI made it through the first weekend of the show with great success!!  My work won first place for the overall collection.  Thanks to my family for flying all the way down here for the show... I had a great time.  Thanks to everyone who viewed my work, I appreciate all the positive feedback.  My main goal when building something, is to build it in such a way that it makes people stop, look and tell their friends they have to see it too:).  After seeing this happen over and over, I feel great gratification.  Thanks again!

Here are a couple pictures taken at the show.

Posted on April 26, 2008 by Matt Torrens

Hi Ella, Thanks for you comments! I weld a metal frame using various diameters of steel tube... Attaching it is the tricky part, and yes wood filler is a good option for hiding the screws. I hope this helps. Matt

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Matt

I was at the GNR yesterday and saw your amazing work. Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon-saying it was well deserved is an understatement. Loved the texture, the sheer size of your magnificent pieces and their abiding spirits.

Posted on May 12, 2008 by Charlene

Hi Matt I am studying your artworks at school. I am having problems finding out where the Driftwood cow (woodstock) is located. Could you please tell me? regards Connor Leahy

Posted on September 19, 2008 by Connor

Hi Connor, I believe I sent you an email regarding its location... If I did not, it is located in a private collection in St. Helena, CA... Thanks for your interest. Matt

Posted on September 30, 2008 by Matt

where is driftwood cow located as i'm studying it at the moment and can't find anything. Thanks Shannon

Posted on October 17, 2008 by shannon

Hi Shannon, "the diftwood cow" is actually a driftwood Bull named "Woodstock". The piece is located in a private collection in St. Helena, CA. Thanks for your interest. Matt

Posted on October 20, 2008 by Matt

Hi Matt, i was wondering because I'm doing an assignment at school and i was wondering how you made Woodstock the driftwood cow oh by the way well done on the artwork my family and I think there amazing!

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Daniel

Daniel, thanks for your interest... With large pieces like "Woodstock" a metal frame is made, then the wood is attached with screws. The screws are hidden and the piece is protected with a water treatment. Matt

Posted on August 12, 2009 by Matt

Hello Matt, i was just wondering when did you make Woodstock?

Posted on August 13, 2009 by Daniel

Daniel, Woodstock was made in Feb. of 08.

Posted on August 16, 2009 by Matt

hey matt i was wondering what years was your artwork drift wood created.

Posted on August 25, 2009 by ajay thiagarajah

soz matt we just wanted to know was what materials you used?

Posted on August 27, 2009 by akaash narayan

Driftwood... ;)

Posted on August 27, 2009 by Matt

Dear Matt I am just going into my final year of GCSE's in England and I am hoping to create a large driftwood bowl for my final piece in art. I have just found your website and was wondering what type of wire you use for the metal frames and then how do you screw the wood to the wire and then hide it. Do you use some kind of filler to hide the screws? Your work is really beautiful and I am so glad that I found your website as there are not many people that I have found, that work with driftwood. I managed to collect a whole load recently with my mum and a friend when we were on holiday up in Scotland, so hopefully I have enough pieces now. I look forward to hearing from you and many, many thanks Ella Hiddleston

Posted on September 08, 2009 by Ella Hiddleston