Artist Statement: My personal approach to glass has been developed and reinforced through my interest in drawing. Even though my past thirty-one years have been devoted to teaching junior high art, my avocation is drawing. In turn, I have tried to direct my style in glass toward a technique unique to this medium.
Each painted design has its own unique characteristics to entice the viewer to remember or see a special time or place in nature. The artwork starts by the selection of a special piece of art glass, relying on the grain and character of that glass. Through painting, a landscape is developed from the mood of the glass and paint.
The palette consists of a variety of colors. Each color is made from pre-mixed powdered paint. This mixture is composed of the same ingredients used in making of glass. A special oil is mixed with the powder to create a useable consistency. The paint is then applied in any number of ways - brushes, sponges, and pens. The depth and intensity of color is strengthened with many layers of paint. After each layer is applied, it is fired in a kiln at 1300 degrees. This process makes the paint permanently fixed to the glass.
Although this process of applying paint to the surface of glass seems new and unusual, it is, in fact, a very old technique. This technique has been used in many of the cathedrals around the world and can be found in many very old buildings. It is a technique that has not been used a lot in the last few years and is just now experiencing a "rebirth."
General Information: My art is featured in wall hangings, mirrors, and pins (brooches) at the Commonwheel. Artwork comes in a variety of colors and sizes to suit individual decorating needs.