I’ve practiced art for over 20 years as a way to bring balance to my life. Art provides me with the
opportunity to create, to connect with others, and to 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 everything has its place and will fall into place. My focus is on cutting the glass into shapes that will fit together to create flow and movement... much like the brushstroke does 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 healing and growth 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. I enjoy the challenge of creating realistic representations of nature in all its subtleties. I am also naturally drawn to a bright, colorful pallette that often doesn't inspire me to create realistically. The next direction I take may be to merge these two opposing desires. 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.
Now Taking Registrations for April 6/7 Glass Mosaic Workshop: Nature Smiles in Flowers!
My artwork can be found at:
* Pink Llama Gallery-Cedarburg
*Main Street Gallery-Cedarburg
Upcoming Art Shows
See you in May 2019 at
The Coop Spring Show!
More info coming soon...
Recent Student Masterpieces