"Each germination is a lesson in persistent but patient effort in finding the way past all hardships to sustaining light." Appreciation of nature is wholly in the eye of the beholder. Most of us enjoy a spectacular vista or a gorgeous sunset. Not too many people take the time to see the beauty in, say, a wilded, petal-less dandelion stalk, or a curled dead hibiscus leaf in winter. Nathan Johansen does, and he re-creates them in a wonderful color infused bronze sculptures. His nature studies in bronze are wondrous to look at: otherworldly shapes, colors and sizes are really small but critical generators of nature's never ending regrowth and renewal.
A life-long resident of Utah, Johansen lives in Provo. He heads the fine arts casting division at Metal Arts Foundry in nearby Lehi. The company specializes in gallery and public art, monumental and architectural castings serving numerous area artists. He's done it for over twenty years and loves every minute of it. "It is always special to create beautiful, even ordinary, things. We work for and with a lot of artists so that interaction is appealing too." As are Johansen's sculptures of nature's wonder.