Creating beautiful, lasting works of art is Frank Ledbetter’s passion. Drawing inspiration from the colorful flora and fauna of his native Alabama coast and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Frank renders metal into works of art with an inspired approach to color and form that has become his signature. A self-taught, prolific metal artist, Frank enjoys creating functional pieces, as well as those which are purely decorative. Bringing a client’s idea to fruition is a very rewarding experience for him. He loves creating creatures, both real and imagined, to the delight and surprise of those who see them.
From his studio in Theodore, Alabama, Frank hand cuts different types of metals and using the welding process creates one-of-a-kind works of art. Each piece is vividly brought to life through his unique style of hand-painting and clear coating.
Although Frank has only been a metal artist since 2003, his talents have earned him awards and entrance into many fine art galleries and fine art shows. He has been commissioned to do many public and private art projects in Alabama and Florida and has just completed a seven foot, three-dimensional octopus for the Sandals Resort in the Bahamas. In his new series, “Faces of Things Discarded,” Frank uses old outboard boat motors and parts to make masks, faces, and creatures which are colorful and dramatic.
Whether he is sculpting marine life like his 12′ marlin in a fountain in Mobile, Alabama or vivid and colorful wall art masks, his desire is to add beauty to this world that will be enjoyed today and for decades to come.