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This year my mosaic journey has taken me into more exciting challenges and projects. I have created more substrates from “scratch” (see my Desert Flower mirror) or found interesting old items that can be repurposed into art (see my Bee and Oil Can). As I look at some of my projects this year, I see them as ideas/visions that I’ve been pondering for a long time and it’s exciting to see them finally become reality. I continue to create favorites for clients and shows, but I also see my precision and creativity increasing with those, as well. This year I also began to share my love of mosaics with students. I love the journey!
My mosaic art is my therapy; literally. I am married and a mother of two wonderful grown children. I had a career in construction finance and after 30 years, the stress of the job pushed me into early retirement. To drop off that cliff so abruptly was tough. I had dabbled in house improvements, upcycling of old furniture, etc. when “The Seaside Table” project tumbled into my lap. We had an old table at our camp spot at the coast, and the top had gotten bad on it. I didn’t have the heart to throw it out. I suggested we put a new top on it and I could tile it. Why not be creative with it? That moment was the start of a beautiful journey for me! Pathetic that I didn’t really even know what “mosaic” was! After completing that project, I knew instantly I had found my passion! I loved the textile part of the process, and the never-ending exploration of different glass, substrates, adhesives, methods, etc. It has taken me a while to let go of the “rule” part of my brain from being in finance, and allow things to flow from my heart and soul. This journey has been such a blessing for me!
I was born and raised in Nevada, and I love the outdoors, so I have taken to picking up treasures I find out on my hikes and incorporating them into my mosaics when possible. Mosaic brings me such pleasure and satisfaction of making something beautiful out of scraps, whether it is a beautiful piece of stained glass, a piece of native American jewelry or a rusty key. The possibilities with mosaics are endless, and that’s what keeps me so intrigued by this art form!