Calisse Browne of Metal Memories will be the November featured artists at the Artist Studio
Association’s Beachstone gallery located at 620 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City open daily 10 – 5
except Wednesday when the gallery is closed.
Calisse’s copper art is “painted” using a propane torch flame. As the flame from the torch
heats the metal, up to 14 colors, from bright yellow and green to bold blue, purples, and
browns, can be oxidized out of the copper. This process requires patience and a willingness to
adjust their vision for the piece as the air’s temperature and humidity affects the way the
copper reacts to the flame. Flame painted art is a negotiation between the artist and the
copper. Once a design is flame drawn and color is oxidized out of the copper, the color can be
ground off, revealing the natural copper color and enhancing the design.
Calisse started her “flame painting” by creating flame painted copper jewelry. Her interest in
creating larger wall art pieces caused her and her husband, Steve, to experiment with various
torches and techniques to transfer the process used on jewelry to larger copper wall pieces.
Fire painting larger wall art pieces requires multiple steps. While some steps can be prepared
in advance of the piece’s fire painting, the majority of them must be completed in succession,
requiring patience and perseverance to create the vibrant, one-of-a-kind piece of art.
The couple is very fortunate in that they work well together and complement each other’s
abilities. Their biggest satisfaction comes from watching others enjoy their art. Creating art
that speaks to someone on an emotional level helps that person to remember where they were
and who they were with when they first saw the piece. That is what art is all about for the