As a child growing up in Cleveland, my mother and grandmother taught me the joy of working with my hands. The materials may have been clay, yarn and bread dough, rather than mosaic bits, but they gave me the confidence to explore. Over the years, I experimented with different media for artistic expression, but when I discovered mosaic I recognized the opportunity to explore color, shape, and texture, to play with different materials, and satisfy the joy of combining unrelated small bits into a single work of art.
It’s been nearly 20 years since making my first mosaics. But with years of hands on practice and professional study in Italy, my work is now referred to as sophisticated and refined. Working out of my Atlanta studio, I create work ranging in scale from large mosaic installations (custom designed murals, restaurants, kitchens, bathrooms) to my small wearable mosaic treasures. I’m trained in the rich history of the medium. At the same time I strive to build a unique and personal art form that’s both contemporary and follows the “rules” of good mosaic. In addition to mosaic tesserae, I incorporate unusual materials in my work — mirror, paper, gemstones, found objects, beads, buttons, wire, and broken plates creating meaning and history in each piece.
Here are some picture of my work in progress photographed by the talented Atlanta photographer Lorrie Dallek