I had the amazing opportunity to be an artist in residence at the Olive Stack Gallery in lovely Listowel, Ireland for the entire month of July 2019. An incredible experience that included lodging and a full, perfectly lit studio space located in the heart of this small but mighty town. My goal was to write, practice watercolor, and create mosaic using only materials I could find locally. I had a great time sourcing local thrift and antique stores. The people were kind and generous; the food was pure and delicious; and the scenery, breathtaking. Along with my studio mate, I had the opportunity to explore local towns and learn about the history and culture, which was plentiful. Here is one of my favorite sites we visited along with a piece I created using local chipped and cracked ceramics, along with a few do-dads found around.
Work in Progress
I’m working on a smaller piece for a special commission. It’s been fun to interpret succulents into mosaic, finding just the right—or close to it—pieces. As I’ve worked on this, I’ve not only learned about succulents, I’ve enjoyed discovering the incredible range of colors succulents come in.
I created these three panels for a clinic in Fowler, California with a theme of central California crops. A lot of detail, but I think those grapes came out great. I always like to mix in some texture in my pieces. These have a mix of repurposed ceramic along with stained glass, giving each piece a little something extra.
What a great project! Monrovia identifies and celebrates individuals who have made an impact on their community-- and sometimes the country -- by telling their stories through public art. I was so honored to create a piece about Kate Wright, a former slave who dedicated her life to serving others. With help from the community, she built small cottages on her land and took care of people suffering from tuberculosis, who had no family or friend connections. Her commitment to helping others inspired many to step forward and contribute, making the community and the city stronger.
This was a great project and I was so happy to work with many great students and staff at the Center. Thank you to everyone who participated! You can see more photos on my Flickr site: Irvine Fine Arts Center Beautification Project
I am working with a wonderful group of new and experienced artists in Irvine, creating a community mosaic project for their Fine Arts Center. We are bringing some color to the entryway by creating mosaic panels for the planters and trash receptacles. The project is structured like a workshop, so students can participate, and also learn the process for themselves. Second session starts in May!