Skip and Racheal Mathews - Arkansas Craft Guild & Gallery

Skip and Racheal Mathews

Skip and Racheal Mathews

It was in 1981 that Skip began developing his unique method of flame painting. During his first 15 years as a coppersmith, he had watched the colors form around his solder marks and that led to his decision to discipline himself for 10 years to do nothing but butterflies for the wall. He made over 15,000 of them in a row. Then, rather than  merely having happy accidents, he became the first to learn how to separate and control those natural colors and went from being a coppersmith who colored copper with a flame to being referred to as a “flame painter”.

In 2000, Racheal finally let Skip put a torch in her hands and painting copper with a flame has become her medium of choice. She creates intense color combinations with a particular gift for symmetry, while Skip displays an exciting flare for the abstract and innovative 3D effects.


 This duo settled in Mountain View Arkansas in 2012 and opened a shop at the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s Craft Village, where they enjoy demonstrating, teaching and s selling their flame painted copper.  They are committed to being faithful with their gifts and always send their blessings with their products.