I walked into the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida in February of 2006 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 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 and leading glass 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 and bacteria. My scientific career was transforming into an artistic one.