Monday, September 5, 2016

"Jupiter" - Mountain Lion Mosaic Sculpture Commission

I received this commission in July and just delivered her yesterday. The clients, who live in mountain lion territory, are ecstatic. I have to say this turned out very very well!!  I will let the photos tell the story. She is made of styrofoam, covered in fiberglass mesh and cement slurry, then finished with a few layers of cement. The mosaic is glass and Thinset.

 Finished and in situ
 Styrofoam design begins
 Styrofoam core finished
 Wrapping with fiberglass mesh to begin shaping
Mesh covered in cement slurry
 Final substrate finished with a few layers of cement
 The mosaicking begins

She's shaping up!
Mosaicking finished
Grouting day
Final sculpture in place at her forever home
Overlooking the pool
On her rock
Regal girl finished!

Friday, May 20, 2016

"Life Is A Garden" mosaic mural - St John Armenian Apostolic Church, San Francisco

Last summer I was contacted by a member of this congregation to create a mosaic mural with them. After many months of planning and organizing, three mosaic workshops were held in April and May, 2016. 
As many as 60 people, young and old alike, helped to make grape clusters, grape leaves, pomegranates and their leaves, and small birds.
The design incorporated the beautiful imagery of Armenia: a peacock, grape vines, pomegranates and birds.

The images from the workshops were created on mesh. In my studio I laid out the full-size paper pattern and traced it onto Wediboard, in small sections.

Then I simply adhered each mesh piece to the Wedi and then grouted them, to make the final installation easy for me. Above you can see the finished pieces on mesh, and the paper design of the grape vines.
The studio work took over 130 hours but the actual installation took under 25 hours to complete.
Day 1: I wanted to get the paper pattern onto the wall and adhere the heavy and large tree trunk pieces first. The beginning of a project sets the tone and habits for the entire project, I feel.
Day 2: the tree trunk and the pomegranates were up and peacock and Bible quote were being traced onto the wall. The grape vines had already been traced.
Here I am working at taping up the grape vines.
Here was my basic set-up: bucket of water, bucket of Thinset, the mosaic pieces laid out on the correct order, all tidy on a tarp! Each piece is "buttered" with Thinset and adhered to the wall methodically.
Here are some close-ups:

"Life Is A Garden"
18 ft x 12 ft
Glass, tile, pottery, found objects
Completed 5/19/16
St John Armenian Apostolic Church
Olympia Way, San Francisco

Monday, February 22, 2016

"Mask" - a 3D mosaic wall hanging

This is "Mask".
I got an image of a mask in my head - like a tiki head or
the Easter Island statues - you know, all drippy
and covered in green moss.
This is a 3D cement wall hanging covered in stained glass. 10" x 24".

Two Tickets To Paradise - a wedding gift commission

A new commission for lovebirds getting married in May 2016.
The bride takes great photos of food so I chose to do a mosaic of a
cappuccino she had taken, with the foam swirled into 3 hearts.
The groom wrote that two of their favorite things are coffee and travel.
So as I designed this piece, the cup was good
but it needed just one extra element. And voila - tickets!!
This is "Two Tickets To Paradise".
The tickets are meant to be obscure to the average viewer
but will be understood by the couple.
The date on them is their wedding date.
19" x 16" Glass on 3D wall sculpture.

Friday, January 22, 2016


Just finished! Glass mosaic on handmade 3D cement substrate. 25" x 28". These photos also show the piece from the sides to show the 3D areas. And the final photo is a close-up to show the irridescent and dichroic effects of the black glass.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nude in Blue/Green

This is just finished and is not a commission.
This "Nude in Blue/Green" was an image in my head for a while
so I was finally able to create it.
Glass mosaic on a substrate of Wediboard and styrofoam,
layered with Thinset and mesh, then covered with cement.
20" x 20".

Mosaic Address Sign

Another mosaic commissioned as a Christmas gift.
I was told the recipient has a fun sense of design,
so I designed a funky look to the numbers.
Glass mosaic on 3D cement substrate.
17" wide.

Small Mosaic Hummingbird

A commission for a Christmas present.
Glass mosaic on a cement 3D substrate.
11" wide.