Internationally known award-winning jeweler Walt Rush, was born in San Francisco and at a young age was transplanted kicking and screaming to Ohio. Surrounded by a fertile environment of creativity, my father was an Architect and my mother a painter. So, I came by my talent naturally. In my early years in school I excelled in art, drafting, metal and wood shop as well as welding. I am a self-taught Gold/Silversmith with over 46 years’ experience in creating jewelry. I returned to the California Coast in 2002 in order to create and design works of art in jewelry and precious metal sculptures.
My Jewelry is often designed with a general creation in mind; however, as I am creating a particular piece my surroundings, metals and stones that I am working with will influence me to the end result. In my wax designs I see something in my mind and cut everything else away.
What I enjoy doing most is my water cast and sea grass designs because I can’t influence what is created from pouring or dripping the molten metal into the water or sea grass. I create from the design that takes shape when the metal hardens. I work with all types of stones be it natural specimen, faceted or a variety of cabochons.
I believe jewelry should be an attribute to the human body as a painting is to a room or a sculpture is to that special place in a home, building, or yard. My works-of-art in jewelry or treasured precious metal sculptures are for the discerning in taste.
My work has appeared in the Mendocino Arts Magazine and I was personally photographed and interviewed for one of there magazine artist spotlights.
Currently, I am a member of the Gualala Arts Center, a member of the Mendocino Art Center and a member of the Arts Council of Mendocino County.
My creative designs are on display at the Discovery Gallery in Gualala, Artists’ Collective Gallery in Elk, Dolphin Gallery in Gualala, the and the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino.