Local Artist of the Week: Jim Killebrew
I am Guy De La Terra, known in real life as Jim Killebrew. As Guy, I create items from copper.
While in the Air Force, I learned to fabricate with metal. After my discharge, I continued to use this knowledge to make art. Years ago, I made copper lanterns, decorated with pierced designs in the form of petroglyphs.
For several years, I took a hiatus from making art. In the recent past, I have become re-inspired to create. I first made copper wind chimes. Lately I have been creating mobiles from copper, using ginkgo leaf motifs. Ginkgo leaves inspire me because they are a form of Japanese decorative art representing longevity (the tree can live 1000 years) and endurance (Four ginkgos survived the blast of Hiroshima and are still living today).