Artists draw inspiration from all aspects of life. Whenever I am asked how I come up with my creations, I am reminded of the first piece I ever made. I was on a trip to Lake Superior’s North Shore to go hunting for agates and take some photos of the landscape. Sitting on the rocky shore line, a horse fly decided to interrupt my agate picking and started biting at my ankles. After trying to ignore it for a few minutes, I was forced to walk into the cold water until it had completely covered my legs. The fly finally gave up and flew away, and I looked at the clear water and saw a great photo opportunity. A beam of light shining on the rocks and was hit with an idea. What if I combined this picture with some of the actual rocks? Ever since then I’ve created various framed art pieces using materials that help bring life to my photographs, such as rocks, driftwood, flowers and finally stain glass. I’ll never forget how spontaneous and lucky the moment with the fly was and with each future piece I hope to use each new and unique experience to make something new. I now look for the lesson that I’m to learn and find the positive aspect of a bad situation.
It was that experience when I merged my mosaics and photography to create a one of a kind pieces of art. My process is labor intensive, but I prefer to call that my labor of love. Each time I start a new frame, I take a deliberate pause and make sure that I visualize the finished product before cutting the glass and applying to the frame.
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