For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world.Marc Chagall
From Contemporary to Traditional
My personal design tastes tend to run toward the solid-color, geometric contemporary, though a side of me appreciates the graphic quality of paint on glass.
The type of painting I do is the traditional kiln-fired technique, in which the paint is fused to the glass, similar to a glaze on pottery. Painting brings a distinct measure of control to the light coming through the glass. I've learned a lot about glass painting by re-creating pieces for old windows. There are many extraordinary windows in Maine that are excellent examples of what can be achieved with paint on glass.
I started working with glass in 1982, under the mentorship of the glass artists at Asylum Glass Studio. I cut lots of glass in the production of overlays for decorative mirrors and Tiffany-style lampshades. This production work developed my basic glass-working skills in cutting, foiling, leading, soldering and painting glass.
We also did repair and restorations of windows, which offered many learning opportunities. Seeing the structural problems that can develop over years of exposure to sun and gravity and best practices for supporting panels against these common problems, was most helpful. Also realizing that support needed to be considered in the designing stage helped me later in designing my own panels.
We created our first public art window for Solon Elementary School, Solon, ME, in 1984. I then went on my own and was fortunate to be awarded seven more Percent for Art projects from 1984 thru 1990. During this time I also did repair projects around the state, while continuing to design for private commissions.