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Metal Art On My Easel

and Metal works I've created over my 30 year career.

With this current painting series, Portraits From The Railroad , I am unearthing the forgotten stories of my Irish great grandfather, the Chinese rail workers and other moments of the Transcontinental Railroad from the early days of the tumultuous West.

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On My Easel

Portraits From The Railroad

Click the button to see this current series and follow me as I create my story telling art. Check back here for more info on events involving this painting series. May 10, 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike, also known as The Wedding of the Rails.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do we start?

1. Let’s talk. 2. Pick out designs from photos. 3. Give me a simple sketch. 4. I will create a 3D drawing and an estimate. 5. Make a down payment to get on my schedule.

what is volcanic stainless steel?

Volcanic Stainless Steel is my invention. I wanted color and patterns in this great durable metal. I apply a secret sauce and burn the stainless with a 2 foot flame until the metal is red hot and somewhere near 1,000 degrees. The sheets move and bow off the burning table like a hot air balloon stretching its fabric. I carefully guide the metal to cool until it’s flat again.

how durable is volcanic stainless steel?

Volcanic Stainless Steel is very durable. The color process involves extreme heat and the color is fired deep into the surface of the metal.

are your copper projects durable?

The copper I use is high grade and, relative to the human timeframe, it does not degrade. Copper is a soft metal so it does scratch but the character and color of the metal as it ages are part of what makes it so special. 

do you seal or treat your finished copper projects?

The copper finishes are left natural and only oiled after completed. Copper is one of the metals that is considered alive. I do a chemical and fire patina on all my copper projects. That finish mimics the natural aging process where the copper forms a protective layer from weathering. I control the patina to give it a long lasting medium brown color. 

do you ship your works?

I ship my finished works all over the United States and beyond. 


What People are Saying

“A masterpiece”

“Hi Milo, We love our new kitchen and your remarkable work of art. Thank you soooo much,  Robin and Jon E.”

“It is more beautiful in person! ”

“Hi Milo, We LOVE the table! It is more beautiful in person! It is exactly what we discussed. It is a work of art and you are incredibly taleneted! Thank you for the beautiful art!  Ellen and Chris”


“Hi Milo You know I took a leap of faith with you. You live the other side of my world and I didn’t have a recomendation from anyone. But I trusted you AND you delivered!!!!  Thanks for being a new best friend. Dr. Dan”

"Beautiful art"

"Thank you so much for your hard work and unique talent. We love our painting and it's the centerpiece of the home. "

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Available Art for sale

Available art for sale. This is a selection of my older work. Paintings I've held onto for various reasons. They represent my past. My last chapter and chapters. My new work is so different that I can say these older pieces will never be done again. I will never paint...

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Layers of my life

Layers of my life This video is me randomly dragging items from my photos and video library. All random. I see it as an honest view into my world and daily life. Layers and multi tasking.

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My Memoir

Excerpts from my written memoir: Milo My Story I was born on a kitchen table in Mexico. My mother was alone and taking care of her sister who was also giving birth. Her sister was left for dead after giving birth to my cousin. They stapled her up knowing it wasn't...

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PBS feature of my Art

A nice video feature by PBS on my artwork early in my art exhibition career. It's been 15 years already. A very quick 15 years. Oregon ArtBeat OPB http://www.opb.org/television/programs/artbeat/

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