Welcome to Shikles Fine Art Creations, featuring stonework, custom signs, and fine art paintings and prints by artist, Anita Shikles.
To find out more about Anita's popular stonework services be sure to visit the Custom Stonework page. And don't forget to visit our Creative Projects pages to see what's new.
In the retail art studio that Anita co-owned for 12 years, she has worked with several art forms and mediums during her career. Her primary interest has been in fine arts and has worked in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and clay. She expanded the fine arts into illustration, wall murals, greeting cards, and currently into working with stone, preferably, granite and marble. She loves and feels the grain of the stone to make it come alive.
Stonework is all original. Anita has been doing stone etchings in the Midwest for several years. She had a dream about how to produce the 3 dimensional etchings in granite, tried that process, and it worked perfectly the first time. Anita also perfected the art medium of the combination of clay and painting together to produce a new and unusual effect.
There is a laser process that does copy an etching design on stone. However, laser etching does not etch as deeply as diamond etching, leaving the laser etching more susceptible to erosion than hand done diamond etching.
We know that the artist's personal touch adds the warmth and originality that makes an etching a real work of fine art. Seldom has someone chosen laser over the artists fine art offering. Anita's work is offered through a number of monument companies and are shipped nation wide. Anita's reputation for exquisite fine art has expanded greatly through out the stone world.
As you explore the website, please note the variety, diversity, and quality offered in the myriad of art works.