I married both my loves; mosaic and photography into a unique one of a kind piece of art. All the glass is color matched in natural light and then hand cut to bring the essence of the photograph out onto the frame.
My process is labor intensive, but I prefer to call that my labor of love. Each time I start a new frame, I take a deliberate pause and make sure that I visualize the finished product before cutting the glass and applying to the frame.
My subject matter chooses me, as I inherited my photography skills from my dad and my love of the outdoors brought photography into my life. I’m merely Mother Nature’s muse and photograph what she shows me. Mosaics allow my creative side to flourish.
Artists draw inspiration from all aspects of life. Whenever I am asked how I come up with my creations, I am reminded of the first piece I ever made. I was on a trip to Lake Superior’s North Shore to go hunting for agates and take some photos of the landscape. Sitting on the rocky shore line, a horse fly decided to interrupt my agate picking and started biting at my ankles. After trying to ignore it for a few minutes, I was forced to walk into the cold water until it had completely covered my legs. The fly finally gave up and flew away, and I looked into the crystal-clear water and saw a great photo opportunity. I saw a great shot of a beam of light shining on the rocks and was hit with an idea. What if I combined this picture with some of the actual rocks? Ever since then I’ve created various framed art pieces using materials that help bring life to my photographs, such as rocks, driftwood, flowers and finally stain glass. I’ll never forget how spontaneous and lucky the moment with the fly was and with each future piece I hope to use each new and unique experience to make something new. I have learned to look for the lesson that I’m supposed to be taught and look for the silver lining in a bad situation. With that experience I experimented with rocks, acorns, pine cones and landed on stain glass. I love the freedom and challenges the stain glass has to offer.