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About the Artist
I have had a lifelong fascination with glass, and the organic, flowing movement it contains, and I find it to be a sympathetic medium to express my love for nature. The inspiration for my glass artworks begins with the natural landscape, and, from the swirling mix of colours I find within the glass itself. I begin my creative process by immersing myself in images, drawings, and photographs, of the natural environment. These are visual tools that I have created and collected for more than 35 years of being an artist and avid naturalist. I study, select, cut and shape, pieces of multi-colored opaque glass. I work intuitively, finding inspiration from the random, flowing, organic, movement of color that originates in the glass. My artwork often evolves as I work with the glass, adjusting my designs as I proceed. I draw onto the glass mapping out areas to be sandblasted or carved, and then apply various resists to block, or mask out, these areas. I then spray particles, under high pressure, at the glass to frost or carve away, the surface and to create a relief effect. In the piece pictured in my first image, I have cut, shaped, and sandblasted tree shapes, into two separate pieces of glass to form the first two levels. To create a more three-dimensional quality, I laminated these pieces to a sheet of clear glass, that was also sandblasted, to create slightly transparent, cloud-like patterns. A fourth level is created with more pieces of sandblasted colored glass, using warmer complementary colors to contrast the green glass used in the foreground. The end result is a unique, multi-layered, tactile artwork, full of movement and vibrant color that celebrates the organic nature of the glass and reflects the natural environment in a new and original way. Lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.