Monday, October 17, 2016

Designs 3 and 4

These are the last 2 designs of the hanging pieces I am making.  The triangles in the bottom one are beveled glass with colored glass beveled and bonded in the middle.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Design 2 completed!

This is a fun design, hand beveled pieces play with the light.  I did not bevel all around the shape of the glass which really adds interest and depth.  There is a zinc border which is cropped off for the pic.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Design 1 completed!

Design one is completed,  using clear textured glass in the main design and a milky glass for the background, the orange/red streaky glass is beveled to add light play and depth.  Zinc came surrounds the piece which is not pictured and a chain on top to hang it up.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Glass Design, 2 of 4

This is the second design I am working on for smaller stained glass window hanging pieces.  I will be showing pics of the glass panels as I complete them.

I drew in where I will be beveling the glass.  I am excited about this design and really like the depth and movement that the beveling will create.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Before/After beveling colored glass

The top pic shows the shapes cut and not beveled.  Below pic shows the same shapes beveled.  The colors that are in the different layers of the glass show through with the bevel.  The bevel also changes the light so the glass shimmers more.  Once these are assembled there is more depth to the overall design as will be shown once the panel is completed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Glass Design, 1 of 3

I am working on creating 3 to 4 small glass panels to hang in windows.  This is the first design and will begin choosing colors and glass textures.
Several of the pieces will be hand beveled to add light play and depth.  I really enjoy the feel of this design.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

What to say when applying for artist grants and shows

Over the last several years I have been applying to several artist grants and have not received anything to date.  The last two I asked for feedback and found out what I can work on for the next ones that I apply for.

Yes, images are very important, but the written portions of what you say are even more so it seems.
Here is what was said about my last one:

"The panelists did enjoy your work.  They appreciated your examples of contemporary stained glass, in particular the curvilinear Flight panels.  In skimming through your application, I think an area for potential improvement is your statement of need and your artist statement. In your statement of need you clearly articulate what you need these funds for, which is really important and great.  Adding in a component that really demonstrates why this award is important to your practice, and what receiving this award would mean to you could really strengthen your application, as this was a point of focus within panel deliberation, would be a good way to build on this.  I really appreciated the discussion of where you find inspiration for your work, and the joy your work brings, and I think deepening this description and really going into the why of how you find inspiration, or why you love creating in glass would be a way to further the impact of your current clear descriptions and really bring your message home to the reader."

I had written what was asked of me, but going further with it seems to be very important.  So, those of you who are applying for grants and shows, make sure your written portions are very thorough.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Stained glass and oil painting combination, completed

This is the completed experiment of combining and oil painting and stained glass.
I am pleased with the way it turned out.  I have title it Dual Wave as it has 2 mediums as well as the 2 waves.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Xanadu Gallery features my work!

A few days ago Xanadu Gallery featured me on their facebook page and had some great things to say about my work and artist bio.  I am grateful to them and am glad to be a part of their online site.  They show contemporary work and have some great artists showing there.

May catalogue artist Isaac Smith, really shines with his unique style and impressive use of color and shape. His bio is a must read and you can also get a look at some of his other work on his profile page:…

Monday, May 2, 2016

Stained Glass and Oil Painting combination, an experiment part 2

 The basic design was drawn out in ink and shown on the previous post.  I really enjoy the sound of ocean waves.  I wanted to capture the wave in motion and have fun with painting and glass together as I work in both mediums.  I like the idea of the glass flowing off of the canvas.

The first image is of the design drawn on the canvas and tracing paper around the canvas.
 The second image shows the painting started and the shapes for the glass pieces cut out of the tracing paper and taped together.  I then took the tracing paper cutouts and drew them on a large sheet of butcher paper for the glass sections.
 The image below shows the painting portions of the piece completed.
 The glass pieces starting to be pieced together.
This has been a challenge lining up the glass sections to fit between the painted sections.  It is coming together.  After completing the glass section the next issue will be how to secure the glass piece onto the canvas.  I have a rough idea at this point.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Take your child to work",day

Today, I have had the pleasure of my son joining me at work.  I showed him the process of designing a window for a client, how to figure out the square footage of a window, the business side of doing art, etc  We have been having fun!
He has learned that there is a lot to the process of creating the completed project.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stained Glass and Oil Painting Combination- an Experiment

I am trying something different, something I have not seen before and thought I would give it a shot and see how it turns out.  I have been mulling over this for quite awhile and it is finally coming together in my mind.  The idea is of an ocean wave flowing off of a canvas.  Portions of the design would be oil painted and others would be glass flowing off the space.
This is the basic concept sketched out.

I have the glass all picked out and am excited about it.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Church windows completed!

This was an 8 window project for St Peters catholic church in Spokane, WA.  As noted earlier in previous posts about the process I noted that the design was by Joan Smith in Coer d Alene, ID which I also gave input into the design and I fabricated the windows.
They are beautiful in the space which is pretty high up in the entry way. The image depicts the Holy Spirit.  I enjoyed working with Joan and Andi from the church and am grateful for the opportunity to create these windows.


 The above image shows the panes reflected in glass.

This bottom one shows light scattering from the bevels and the colors/textures when the sun shines through.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Circular stained glass window completed !

 Before and after installation.  Stained glass measures 46in diameter

 I installed the circular window today and am very pleased with the results.  The above 2 images show before and after installation.  The next several images show the piece in different lighting and some closeups.  In the above image the reflection of the window is seen on the tub and tile work.  The client is very impressed and pleased with the window.  I incorporated hand beveled glass and different clear textured glass to give privacy and light play.  When the sun shines on it the colors and textures of the glass will dance all over the walls and glass shower.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Circular window- fabrication in process

 Shaping the zinc outer bar and planning out where the different clear textures will go.

 Progression of fabrication.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Painting on CD cover

One of my paintings titled "Pianist" is on the cd cover of Swedish musician Kristian Lakeson's current release.  His website is

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Round Window- beveling process

The following images show the stages of beveling from cutting the shapes, getting the rough edge through polishing.

 Drawing the shapes on the glass and cutting them out.

 Upper pic shows the rough cut of the bevels, the lower shows the smoothing step compared to the rough cut.

 The upper image shows the pre polish step compared to the smoothing step and the lower image shows the final polish step compared to the pre polish.

All pieces polished and ready to be added to the panel.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Full scale design completed

The design is layed out in full scale- 46 inch diameter

Once I get the drawing completed then I figure out what glass will go where and label each section.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Designs for a circular window

I am working on a design for a circular window measuring 46" diameter. 

The colors are preliminary.  The white areas in the bottom one are going to be different clear textured glass. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

My article in Oregon Home Magazine

I have a 2 page article in the fall 2015 issue of Oregon Home magazine. 

I am very pleased with it and hope it brings many projects.
It is now available to view online