Beautiful paintings done entirely with custom blended glass frit, sheet and stringer
"Brunell di Montelcino", after the wine called Brunello, Created in the spring of 2011, unframed size 14" w x 15" tall. Developed from a photo I took while touring the Tuscan Hill country, south of Siena. Almost harvest time, the vines were heavily laden with the deep purple blue grapes This work has a polished face, you can see the depth, integrated white border Sold 11/2013
"BellaVista" summer of 2011, unframed 42"w x 19" hi, diptiche from our travels in Tuscany, the grand and beautiful view of the Tuscan hills with villas on top, Olive groves, vinyards and lavender fields my first diptich, 2 panel piece, tried to capture the grandness of the Tuscan countryside, composed of 6 layers of fused glass a soft brush stroke finish to the glass
"Crete Senese", Crests of Siena, Tuscany March 2010, 21" w x 18" h We stayed in Montepulciano, Italy for a week in the fall of 2007. The road between Montepulciano and Montalcino is a beautiful drive in fall, with hill top farm houses and abandoned olive orchards everywhere you look. This area is known as the Crests of Sienna for the backdrops of the undulating hills.
On a glorious landscape like this the depth is what will cause the sense of "being there". I worked this out by creating 3 layers with either custom sheet stock or custom frit on both sides of clear thin glass. I think it works pretty well. I like surprises that just happen and on this one the surprise was the "painterly" brush strokes along the edges. As the glass melted and moved it dragged the frit color with it and caused "brush strokes". This piece is what I have been working towards for the past 5 years but did not quit know how to achieve.
"Black Butte Aspens" February 2010 19" w x 14" h x 3/8" tk Black Butte, central Oregon I shot this photo in the autumn of 2009 while the Aspens trees were in full splendor. Central Oregon is a land of stark contrasts with magnificent vistas.
In this piece I again worked on creating depth and used both the custom sheet stock, tree trunks, trees, and rear forest and custom frit for the foreground.
"Riomaggiore Waterfront" February 2010, 20" w x 14" h x 3/8" tk Riomaggiore, Italy, in the Cinque Terra region I shot this photo while visiting in 2007 The five towns that comprise the Cinque de Terra National Park, fronting the Ligurian Sea, have not changed in hundreds of years. Mostly small fishing villages, the houses are tightly compressed and built upon massive rock outcroppings.
This piece is a reversel from my previous frit paintings. I taught myself how to make custom blended sheet stock that was necessary for the buildings. I again sought depth and I have a little more than "Les Cabernets" but still not as much as I would like.
High Desert Dawn
"High Desert Dawn" January 2010 22" w x 9" high x 3/8" thick I tried to captured the sense of light that happens at Alpenglow at our place in central Oregon. Sometimes those Knarly Old Twisted Juniper trees could seem like dead men walking. The early morning has a glow that intensifies at the horizon.
"Les Cabernets" from a painting done by French Painter Joanny
20" w x 15" tall x 3/8" thick, about 7 firings, January 2010 This is the French Mediterranean. We traveled here in the fall of 2007. There is just something about the light in southern France, Provance. Artists have gone to this region for a long time to pursue that elusive quality of light and put it in their work .
This was my first project after Apricot Rose. I sought an image that would allow me to use my custom blended frit and, new to me, custom sheet stock. This was very complex to work on and I had several major issues in progress but I worked through those and am satisfied with the piece now. I sought depth in the work and although I did not achieve the depth I wanted, it was a beginning and you will see more depth in the later work.
Apricot Rose, 2009, 20" w x 15" tall x 3/8" thick Initial attempt to creat depth throught the use of custom blended frit This was the most complex piece I had done at the time I really like the "live" uncut edges as it lends a more painterly feel to the work, I plan to continue the use of the "live" edges until the pieces become to big for my kiln
Detail of Apricot Rose
Detail of Apricot Rose
2008 Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise original image
2008 "Bird of Paradise" flower Glass Size 15" w x 9"h A slight variation on technique was used with clear frit (lg) applied early on resulting in a airiness to the piece
2008 Sugar Beach
2008 Sugar Beach" Glass Size 9" w x 14.5" h
Reminiscent of a vacation to Maui, Hawaii, with palm trees, sandy beach and the beautiful Pacific Ocean Used the same technique as on "Bird of Paradise" with large clear frit applied during color placement causing colors to separate resulting in a airy feeling