January Guest Artist Silversmith Belinda Duclos
Encouraged by her artistic grandmothers, Belinda began creating art at an early age. She dabbled in pastel portraiture for a while and then discovered stained glass, creating pieces that reflect the influence of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design and worked in that field for many years. Her love of jewelry prompted her to learn beading, but after taking silversmithing classes with Dianne Brooks at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, she knew she had found her true artistic calling. Since then, she has continued to learn all forms of metal-working techniques, including chasing and repoussé, etching, and enameling. She has now been teaching silversmithing at the VAC for more than 15 years. Her work is displayed at numerous local galleries, including the VAC gift shop, specialty craft shows, and online crafter websites.
“Nature is a strong influence in my designs. Local flora and fauna are favorite themes. Unique cabochons and colorful semi-precious stones start the thought process. Experience, research, and metal flexibility encourage my pencil drawings which then mature through several versions. Soldering and stone setting require a steady hand and bring me personal joy at my successes.”
Please call or email Belinda for inquiries: 941.875.2664 and DuGood1901@gmail.com