In the hustle and bustle of a busy world, a local artist seeks to create unique art that brings peace to others.

August 3 was the opening exhibit reception for artist Dick Bixler at the 5.4.7. Art Center in Greensburg. Bixler, a metal art-worker who is also an inventor, got started in art while he was writing patents for people. Bixler lives in the country on the edge of Pratt, where he says a lot of his inspiration comes from.

Bixler hopes his artwork will inspire people to find a calming inner self that has been covered up by the hustle and bustle of a self-made busy world. He said that he hopes his art pieces will help others refocus their priorities and appreciation of life and find what each of us can offer others in life.

Every one of Bixler’s pieces of art starts with raw metal and he wants all of his art pieces to be unique.

“I don’t use patterns, jigs, technology, or other’s ideas or work,” he said.

For example, when making a leaf, he starts each leaf with a piece of flat metal. A pattern for each individual leaf is hand drawn (with chalk on metal) and then Bixler cuts it out by hand. He reheats it until it is red hot. It is then hammered and chiseled or a plasma cutter is used to edge the veins into each leaf, then the leaf is ground, buffed and finally the single leaf is attached to the stem.

“Art is what I put into it and what I can take away from it,” he said. “I strive to put my heart and soul into my art. My desire is when you really look into my different works you might see what is meaningful to you.”

Bixler said he hoped his art would inspire others to find happiness in the great qualities that they have.

Ann Dixson of the 5.4.7. Art Center said Bixler’s pieces will be on display until September 4.

“The center is thrilled to has such a great artist on display,” she said.