Monday, December 23, 2013

Guitar Mosaic - 1939 Gibson

This is a mosaic commissioned for a 30th anniversary. The recipient plays guitars and owns this particular one - a 1939 Gibson with the rounded top and the beautiful coloring. This is my interpretation of that classic guitar. I created the substrate out of cement on Wed board to create a bas relief wall hanging. Then I mosaicked it with glass and mirror. Size: 30" x 12".

Another Elephant Head Mosaic

The second of four bas relief elephant head wall sculptures. I created the cement substrate and then mosaicked it in glass and mirror. 
Size: 18" x 18".

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A new Flamingo mosaic!

This is another in a continuing series of flamingo sculptures. Nothing says that a flamingo HAS to be pink! I have 3 more waiting to be mosaicked. This one and the other three each have different "twists and turns" in their necks.I did some work in Photoshop here to lessen the background a little because it was too distracting.
21" wide x 24" tall and stands 4 feet tall on it's rebar "leg".

Friday, November 8, 2013

Elephant Head Mosaic

I have neighbors who love elephants and have opened my eyes to their amazing souls and physical majesty. So I have started the first of 4 bas relief mosaics. These two photos are of the same mosaic. It is made of glass and mirror on Wedi board. The Wedi is covered with cement to give it a shallow 3 dimensional look. 18" x 18". 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Southwest art series continues - Snake, Lizard and Sun

This is a mosaic headed to it's new home in Taos, New Mexico soon. I adore New Mexico and the art one finds there. Whenever I travel there I get totally inspired by the atmosphere, sunlight and the total environment. This piece is actually a "tableau" of three pieces that can be hung in many different configurations. I gave the client a print out of the different ways these pieces can hang together. The snake and lizard are both approx 9" x 24" and the swirl is approx 8" x 8". Glass, beads, turquoise, ball chain, mirror on Wedi board. October, 2013.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Mosaics, 2013

Just a quick couple of mosaics to celebrate the season this year. Both are glass and mirror on Wedi board. Happy Halloween!
Skull 26" x 18"

Witch's Hat 30" x 26"

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Underwater Staircase - mosaic commission

I am running with an artistic theme lately - fish, sea life and the element of water. I even started swimming again not too long ago. Well, water is a powerful force. It represents the emotional realm and, to me, imparts a feeling of moving gracefully through life.
 In July I was inspired to create some 3 dimensional mosaic fish. And then a commission came up to create a mosaic for a front staircase at a private residence in Oakland, CA. 
These clients, with only an outline of an idea, allowed me the freedom to create whatever I wanted. And the vision that came into my mind was "underwater." So I began by designing a simple sketch on the computer and had it printed out full size.
 Then I cut it out and traced it onto the Wedi board that I will mosaic onto. Each finished board will then be screwed onto the front of the stairs.
 I cut out of Wedi Board several small and one large fish, and a large turtle.  I used cement on several of these elements to round their surfaces to create a little bit of a 3 dimensional look. I mosaicked all the small elements and then laid them out on the stair cut-outs to start to get an idea of what this would look like.

 Then I began to mosaic the rest of the piece with tiles. Greens for the seaweed, dark blues for the deep water and lighter blues for the swirl in the middle.
 Each day I made significant progress and would lay out the finished pieces on my studio floor to see how it was going. It was going pretty well!
So now this part of the project is finished. I am creating two more stairs on mesh as I write this. They will complete the bottom of the stair case where the stairs are curved.
Underwater Staircase
*work in progress*
14 stairs, each 50" long

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mosaic Fish

This summer I traveled to Cape Cod and got inspired 
to create some fish. The substrate is cement on Wedi board to give 
each fish a 3 dimensional look.

The above two fish are each 16" x 20" and are glass on Wedi board.
The fish below are two different designs. The jumping fish are 8" x 10" and the swimming fish are 5" x 12".

All fish designed and executed by me in the summer of 2013.

Turtle mosaic - commission for a birthday present

This is a sea turtle commissioned as a birthday present for a lover of sea turtles!

Sea Turtle
glass mosaic
11" x 11"
Summer 2013

Bluebird Of Happiness - mosaic commission

This piece was commissioned for a woman who was retiring. I thought the Bluebird of Happiness was an apt gift. Future so bright she's gotta wear shades!
-Bluebird of Happiness-
glass mosaic
16" x 24"
Summer 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

My latest mosaic installation - a stem!

This latest piece was a lot of fun to do. The client was clear and concise about what she wanted and where it was going to go and then she let me do my thing! That is the way I hope all my clients are! 
This client has a very whimsical and beautiful back yard. She even has a koi pond and two tortoises. On this particular wall she had already hung a large metal flower sculpture and wanted a mosaic stem to finish it off with a flourish. And so, that's what I gave her.
The space for the mosaic measured approximately 4 ft x 7 ft. I designed the "stem", printed it out and taped it together, cut it out and then taped it up to be outlined onto the wall.
I had already created the pieces on Wediboard in my studio so it was just a matter of adhering them to the wall. Here it is, pre-grouting.
The next day was grouting day. Here is the design taped off to protect the newly-painted wall. Prep for grouting is my least favorite part of a mosaic mural installation. Just sayin'! I kept asking myself "why did you design a spiral? Why? Why?"
But alls well that ends well and this came out very well, I think! Here are some detail shots.
And here it is finished.
Mosaic Stem Installation
7 feet tall
Glass and tile

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"Dos Coyotes": my latest Southwest-inspired work

This piece began as a commission but then the clients took some time out to think about it. I believed in this design so much that I went ahead and created it anyway. 
I envisioned a cave painting, kind of rough and not fussy. I also wanted to stay away from the typical coyote art: the lone howling animal silhouetted against the full moon. However I always like to give a nod to artistic cliches so in this piece you WILL see a howling coyote and a full moon! 
The two coyote images reminds me of Janus, the god of doors, usually depicted as a two-faced image, one looking forward, the other backward. 
"Dos Coyotes"
36" x 24"
mirror, glass, tile, ceramic
April, 2013

"Unfurled" - a Mosaic Mural in Charlotte, NC

Recently I was one of many mosaic artists invited to be a part of a large mosaic mural headed by Pam Goode, who owns Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. The design consists of 3 large art-deco-ish flowers designed by Lin Schorr, of Novi, MI. 
My piece is a petal, numbered 2G. We were asked to create our mosaics on mesh using glue. It is approximately 19" across and was specified to consist of the colors, yellow, orange, pinks with hits of purples. So here is my interpretation:
This mural was installed during the Fall of 2013. And here it is finished:

Here are the final dimensions: Flower #1 is 7'1"H x 4'5"W. Flower #2 is 7'11"H x 4'6"W. Flower #3 is 6'7"H x 5'1"W.