Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thank you.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out to the show last weekend! We had good food, sunshine and great company. For all of those who were involved, I really appreciate all of your time and effort, we couldn't have pulled it off without you.

Stay tuned for more updates and new work, but for now here is a little sample of some more pieces I have been working on...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Coastal Journeys/Elements Island Art Show

Please join us August long weekend to celebrate and Art show in the gardens at the GlassWorks Gallery. With sculptures by Sam Hess, Wood Carvings by Keith Plumley & Mark Mickey (Tofino Woodworks) and glass by me! Opening celebrations are Saturday evening 5-8pm, we will be serving appetizers and refreshments. Everyone is welcome!

I designed our garden to be used as a platform to display artwork, but this is the first time it will actually be used in this capacity.

If you are lucky, and look closely, maybe you will be able to spot some of our little green neighbours!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A little sample of my work.

Here is a little peek at some of my work. As you can see I am always playing with new techniques and experimenting with texture and color combinations.

There is plenty more to come very soon, please stay tuned!

Hello World!

My glassworks draw together my changing life with the constancy of the seasons. The colours and forms of my heart reflect my connection to the natural order. Forever seeking the harmony found in the blending of light and colour...

Early on in my life I learned that art is the only way to run away without leaving home. As a single mother of 5 young children my glasswork and my garden were my ties to sanity. Late in the evenings when the finally slept, i drew...In an effort to survive economically everything i had ever pursued took on a new energy...I began to teach and explore my passion with glass with a new perspective. Largely self taught, I immersed myself in glass-cold (stained glass) hot (blown) and finally warm (fused).

Reaching towards an image and proceeding doggedly until it becomes clear...I revel in the beauty of the West Coast and find constant inspiration within the rock forms, water and trees of the Gulf Islands.

I constantly say that I am in a love affair with glass and forever try to share that with people. Life changes; my children have grown, I share my life with a gentle man and the struggles of early years fade.

For the past 12 years I have worked almost exclusively with kiln fired warm glass, fusing, slumping and casting the glass. Many pieces are then hand painted with 24kt gold or platinum and re-fired.

My organic pieces are fired numerous times reflecting my clay background. Each time I crack open the kiln I teeter on that wonderful abyss between fear and excitement –only different by one word, “Oh no!” or “Oh boy!”...

In 2004 I moved my studio and opened a gallery on Galiano the midst of the rainforest and the peaceful solitude of the island my work is transforming once again. I became one of the feature artists at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa in 2005 and have embarked upon a series of smaller Island shows. With an open studio workshop located in a forest garden we see visitors from all over the world that share their lives openly. The constant interaction with how others view and recieve my work provides a unique environment of growth and inderstanding.

Last year I began working with a metal worker, Brian Hedley and am delighted with the synergy between the glass and the iron refelcted in my new work.

Currently represented in Galleries in Victoria, Vancouver, the Gulf Islands, Calgary and Edmonton. Found within private collections in numerous countries.

Thank you for visiting my blog!