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Meet Trevor O’Tool

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trevor O’Tool.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Art started early for me by having grandparents and other family members to draw inspiration from. Progressing through high school art class and refining skills in college through both the University of Arizona and Mohave Community College. I found my passion for sculpture upon attending the university, where I learned different techniques, tools, materials, concepts, and anything else sculpture.

After graduation, I was hired at Metaphysics Sculpture Studio, where we specialize in the art of lost wax casting. As I progressed through the foundry, I perfected the different areas and began learning the business side of being a professional artist, which gave me the courage to apply for my first public art project.

The first public art project I was involved with, I worked with the local high school welding students in Marana AZ to create a roadside sculpture. The project gave the students and city something to be proud of. We created a three time larger than life size family of deer, that are created from faceted pieces.

Shortly after the completion of “The Deer at Tangerine Sky Park,” I was commissioned by the City of Elk Grove, California, to construct a ten-foot tall figure that was installed along the Avenue of Arts., situated near a newly built civic center. The figure, a female ballet dancer who is on pointe, stands proudly with an elongated torso and one arm reaching to the sky, completed using the same method of faceted abstraction as I did for my previous artwork in Marana. Soon after the project for Elk Grove, I was commissioned to design and create a large bronze elephant sculpture for the Waco Zoo in Waco, Texas. The sculpture is a humorous take on the famous sculpture, “The Thinker,” by Auguste Rodin. It depicts an old soul contemplating life on a park bench with a friend by his side, or more specifically, a thoughtful elephant sitting on the bench with a bird companion resting on his tusk. The final installation date of this project is scheduled for the middle of July 2019.

Please tell us about your art.
I am motivated by a love of traditional media and fabrication techniques, including metalwork, woodworking, and the lost wax bronze casting technique. The satisfaction of communication between the work and the audience is paired with the joy and rest I find through the lengthy process of making art.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Art is amazing, a great way to express yourself. But like everything in life, it takes practice; nothing happens overnight. You have to stick with it, through the ups and downs. The grass is always greener on the other side, learn to appreciate your perspective and the unique viewpoint you can bring to any piece!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find more info on my website trevorotool.com along with following me on Instagram @trevorotol for more up to date photos of my current everyday work, along with a splash of humorous photos to keep things interesting!

I currently have permanent public art being displayed in Marana Az, in the city of Elk Grove, CA, and Waco, TX will soon be home to the Wise Elephant.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Trevorotool.com
  • Phone: 9282087836
  • Email: otool.trevor@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @trevorotool
  • Facebook: @otoolart

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