Cassidy, a Brooklyn native, says he didn’t start out to be a metalsmith. “My journey from New York to Madrid started when I applied for computer graphic studies at the New York Institute of Technology. Back then, I thought I didn’t have a talent for drawing,painting, or sculpture; however, I’ve always had a great desire to express myself creatively. I envisioned learning all the technical aspects involved in graphic design and I saw myself using computers as my creative tool. “My first awakening was learning I had to have a diverse portfolio that displayed my abilities in all the traditional art forms. I set out to learn motion graphics, animation, as well as 2D and 3D art. It was 3D art that changed my life. Sculpture class taught me metalworking. I learned that the shaping, welding, hammering, coloring and texturing processes were essentially the same; whether you are making large functional art, or a piece of delicate jewelry.” Cassidy considers himself foremost, a metalsmith, not just a jewelry maker. “I work with metal because it forgives, but never forgets. Metal yields, but it also endures, allowing each piece to tell its unique story.” Cassidy has created a style that exposes a harmony between a heavy, almost medieval impression and the delicateness of detail suggested in natural forms. “Growing up in Brooklyn, I spent time in the DUMBO area.” [acronym for: Down Under the ManhattanBridge Overpass]. It’s a revitalized neighborhood near the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. The way the large, seemingly industrial feel of the Manhattan bridge with its beams, girders, rivets and bolts, combines with the more natural design of the Brooklyn bridge, sweeping cables, softer lines, and stone, has left a lasting impression on me. It’s an architectural motif that I often see translated into my jewelry and wall art designs.” His wall sculpture collection is called “Remnants.” Patchwork bits of metal are brought together like an old family heirloom quilt. Using metal to create cloth-like qualities is uniquely expressed in his Cityscapes and cut up, torn up, stitched-together Healing Hearts. His passion is to explore manipulation of different methods for creating patinas, textures, and color by using chemical, surface-changing formulas much like a painter. Cassidy repurposes safe, common, household chemicals and uses heat, abrasion, masking and layering to bring forth a variety of patina effects.Some of his favorite formulas were discovered by accident. The story of this exploration can be readin his “Remnant Totem” series. Each piece represents a roadmap showing Cassidy’s ongoing development using a variety of patinating techniques.