For decades, Vern Wilson worked as a fabricator at shipyards across the Pacific Northwest, not knowing that the craft he was perfecting would someday lead him down a very different path. Oh sure, he tinkered around in his shop after work and transformed pieces of dull, gray steel into works of beauty. But that was just a hobby.

Vern Wilson of Wildlife Metal Art is a local artist, whose artwork can be found up and down the Oregon coast at restaurants, bars, hotels, and many other places.