Artist Profiles

Susan Gloria Brauchli

Susan Brauchli has been producing Fine Art Bronze for over two decades. She loves creating flora and fauna in exquisite detail, capturing moments and experiences and reproducing them in enduring bronze.

Susan produces limited editions and one-off Master Works, and most of her work is commissioned well in advance. The availability of her work is has been rare due to the high demand for her work.

Matthew Christopher Brauchli

Matthew Brauchli is Susan’s son and protégé, drawing on her knowledge and love for art developed over two decades. He enjoys both bronze sculpture and drawing.

He especially loves the freedom that bronze gives him to capture form, action, and detail. His drawings too capture the emotions of the animals he likes to immortalize. His work often presents his subject as a “snapshot”: frozen in time and space, allowing a glimpse into a brief moment.

Lost Wax Casting

Both Susan and Matthew use the “Lost Wax Casting” process to create their sculptures. The process of creating a bronze is an extremely intense process and requires the highest level of dedication and skill.

After deciding on and planning a piece, they create the entire artwork out of high quality casting wax, a medium that allows the creation of exquisite detail.

A mould is then made of the piece when it arrives at the foundry.

The Master Metalworkers then superheat the mould and melt the wax out, leaving a hollow mould. Molten liquid bronze is then poured in.

When the mould is finished cooling, it is destroyed and removed, leaving the bronze ready for the next process of refining, fettling, touching up, application of the patina, and so on.

This process makes each work individually unique, as in even a Limited Edition no two works will ever be exactly the same.

The Process of creating a “Master Work” is even more intense. A grand and lavish piece of artwork can take up to two years or more to finish.

A Trio of Artists

Talitha is Susan’s daughter, and paints Flora and Fauna in watercolor and oils

Talitha’s speciality is in capturing light and mood of the subjects she paints, in minuscule detail. Her watercolours are highly sought after, and considering her long waiting list, it is rare for her to have her originals available for sale.

Often her works feature rusty objects from “Old New Zealand”; each of these is an actual antique from the past, each with its own special story to tell.

Many times, the “scene” is set up for several weeks on an item of household furniture: all props carefully laid out, with especial care taken not to disturb any authentic cobwebs!

Her landscapes in oil empathize the beauty of nature, and capture the beauty of New Zealand Landscape, and are well loved by many.

The Family

The entire Brauchli family enjoy long walks and rambles in the New Zealand wild. Often, long periods of time are spent as one or more artists photographs an animal, scene, or even a small detail of plant life that has taken their fancy, to be recorded for later reference and eventual appearance in a work of art.

They also enjoy playing music together, featuring harp, hammered dulcimer, baroque recorders, guitar and violin in a mixture of Celtic, Mountain, and Classical styles.

Please feel free to enquire about the availability and time frame for placing orders, or to discuss the creation of a special Master Work.

Talitha’s speciality is in capturing light and mood of the subjects she paints, in minuscule detail. Her watercolours are highly sought after, and considering her long waiting list, it is rare for her to have her originals available for sale.

Often her works feature rusty objects from “Old New Zealand”; each of these is an actual antique from the past, each with its own special story to tell.

Many times, the “scene” is set up for several weeks on an item of household furniture: all props carefully laid out, with especial care taken not to disturb any authentic cobwebs!

Her landscapes in oil empathize the beauty of nature, and capture the beauty of New Zealand Landscape, and are well loved by many.

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