My name is Johannes Smeets, I am the artist blacksmith behind H&S Metal Craft, together with my wife Susan. We are based at Murrumburrah in NSW, which is a small town about 120kms north-west of Canberra although I am originally from the Netherlands (Limburg) right on the corner of Belgium and Holland.
I have always tried to create art by drawing with having held a lifelong desire to use my hands creatively. I enjoy the excitement and energy that creating art brings to me – Picasso and Salvatore Dali are two of my favorite artists which shows through in some of my pieces.
I have travelled to a few places in this world and witnessed many beautiful things, but I feel most at home in Australia as I have always loved the Australian scenery. I come from a family of “kuipers” (what we call here in Aussie a kind of blacksmith). My father was also a person who enjoyed working with his hands and created a lot of copper artwork.
You can see my works online, or visit me and my wife Susan in Murrumburrah, on the Walter Burley Griffin Way, between Canberra and Griffith.