I’ve practiced art for over 20 years as a way to bring balance to my life. It provides me with the
opportunity to create, connect with others and bring myself back to center. I
Beginning to end, this process is a joy. I begin with a general sketch directly on the substrate. As I hand-cut and place the tesserae, the image begins to take shape. I strive to approach each piece loosely, trusting that it will fall into place...more or less! My focus is on cutting the glass into natural shapes that will fit together to create flow and movement... much like the brushstrokes do for a painter. Next, tesserae are adhered to the substrate. The final stage of grouting unites the entire piece. I find much symbolism in this art form. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, I was taught in Sociology 101. And so I find it interesting how the breaking and re-piecing of glass resembles the growth and healing process in life.
What do I use for tesserae? Primarily exquisite art glass made by Uroboros, Bullseye, and Kokomo. I also include stone tile, hand-built pottery, mirror, wire-wrapped found objects. Copper foiling techniques are used to preserve and incorporate my watercolor paintings, journal writings, and treasures from nature.
Most recently, I've explored contrasting light and shadow in water and woods. I work from photographs I've taken outdoors and enjoy the challenge of creating semi-realistic representations of nature. I am also naturally drawn to a bright, colorful pallette that inspires me to create in abstract. The next direction I take may be to merge these two opposing styles. If there is one common thread in my art, it is the life and movement I strive for by thoughtful placement of the tesserae and choice of materials. Thank you for taking the time to learn about my process. I hope my work brings you joy.
March 10, 17, 24, 2020
March 28 , 29
Starry Night Mosaic
April 25, 26
My artwork can be found at:
* Pink Llama Gallery-Cedarburg
*Main Street Gallery-Cedarburg
Recent Student Masterpieces