Artists and craftsmen of every kind run in my family, so I grew up surrounded by creativity. Naturally, my parents weren't surprised when I began drawing at an early age. After graduating from high school, my father encouraged me to study Illustration in college. And, thankfully, my husband of nearly 30 years has cheered my artistic journey along every step of the way.
Growing up on the California Central Coast near some of the most beautiful beaches, mountains, and countryside in the world, my artistic senses were nurtured. This region is rich in nature, marine life, and wildlife so I would often get lost in thought watching the way light played on the sea, plants cast shadows, and how wildlife appeared and then seemingly disappeared into the environment. My family also includes several musicians, which was highly influential on my creative expression. Frequent references to music genres and instruments manifest in my work.
One day, on an unplanned visit to an art glass supply shop in Ventura, CA, I was intrigued and signed up for a stained glass class. It was instantly apparent that I was in my element, and my glass art journey began. Now in my second decade as a working glass artist, I have developed technical knowledge of glass as a medium, finely honed mechanical skills to shape its form/appearance, and infused creative elements to convey storytelling with it.
Chris O'Hara Photo: https://www.chrisoharaphoto.com/
Chris did a phenomenal job in capturing the details of my work in many of the photos on this site. He's highly in demand and has photographed many celebrities, from Brad Paisley to President Barack Obama, so I was honored that he made time in his busy schedule to photograph my art. He's not only a highly respected, talented photographer (and guitarist!) but also a great guy who's easy to work with.
The Getty Museum and Gardens
The Getty Villa
Museum of Ventura County
The Huntington Library and Gardens
Norton Simon Museum
Glass Art Society: https://www.glassart.org
Women's Economic Council: https://www.wevonline.org/past-newsletters/february-2011/
I'm currently hard at work on new dimensional stained glass art projects for inclusion in an upcoming exhibit. Be sure to sign up for my email list to keep up with all my latest news.