This 48" x 60" relief map of Italy was created from various types of wood, angle-cut with a scroll saw and then stained to show the various layers of grain. This was mounted on a piece of plywood, prepared and covered with automotive paint. The topography was created with a number of hardward products, sculpted and then airbrushed. After lettering and detailing, the piece was given an automotive clear-coat, and sold to an Italian Restaurant.
Curtiss Shaffer graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1991 with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. He attended the Army School of Engineers at Fort Leonardwood Missouri in 1992 and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education. He served as an engineer in the United States Army Active and Reserve components from 1991 to 2001, and therein attended graduate studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Gannon University and the College of New Jersey. Besides working in his field, Curtiss has been teaching art full-time for fourteen years, at all levels of public education, and was named to the Who's Who of American Teachers in 2004 and again in 2006.
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