Wednesday, July 8, 2009

2009...Things Change

2009 has brought many changes to my life, but my dedication to my artwork has been my constant joy as well as my therapy. The end of a long relationship, a move back to St. Augustine, two new jobs...many changes! My website has brought me several sales, which has been a validation of my art as well adding a few coins to my "wealth". My most recent mosaic was something I thought about for almost a year. I asked a friend to pick up some coquina shells from Vilano Beach. Vilano is comprised of these shells, rather than the smooth sand of St. Augustine beach, although they are just a few miles apart. I spent many days searching and finding shark's teeth at the water's edge of this beach...not very often found on St. Augustine Beach. This is what I have attempted to capture in the piece "Walking Vilano". It measures 14" x 24" and is done on cement backer board. It contains thousands of shells and beads...and even a shark's tooth! Visit my new venue for sales at

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Website!

Just got a new website up! I've been working on it for several days and I'm cross-eyed! Check out my work on My mosaics are a perfect addition for you garden, pool or patio area, landscaping or naturescape or architectural element. They're also just the right thing for an entryway, bathroom or kitchen. Take a look! Thanks.

Friday, July 11, 2008

About My Work

Walls, ceilings, floors, buildings all display the art of mosaic throughout history. Much still survives after wars, natural disasters, vandalism and time. Many of St. Augustine’s historic buildings harbor fine examples of mosaic. As a student at Flagler College in the 70’s, I never tired of studying the mosaic floor of what originally was the lobby of the Ponce De Leon Hotel built by Henry Flagler in the late 19th century. I still have two small unused tiles, a souvenir of the extraordinary work that went into the hotel.

My interest now is with stained glass mosaics. All of the stained glass is hand cut by me and then set into place with a very strong glue. Embellishments are added for texture and interest. Along with shells, beads, mirror, vitreous glass pieces, I have used brass rods, wire, crystals and rhinestones. I enjoy searching my cabinets and drawers of art and craft supplies to come up with just the right addition to the glass design as well as using polymer clay in several of the pieces to add dimension. I first look at something for what it is, and then look at it for what it could be. Finding solutions to my design dilemmas is great fun! I then use sanded grout and most of the pieces contain two or more colors of grout. Some pieces use masonite as a support and are not recommended for extreme outdoor use. Plexiglas, Wonderboard and Hardiboard are suitable for exterior use and the metal frames on each are primarily added for a “finishing touch”.

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