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"Glass has gripped me from day one. In its many forms, glass is the one medium that has allowed me to create using combinations of art techniques I love from other media. Collage, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography, and design... all come together with glass and heat as common ground."

I'm a self-taught glass artist, specializing in fused glass sgraffito drawing and collage.
I studied studio art for 4 years in the BFA program at Ohio Northern University, where I focused on ceramics, figure drawing, and watercolor before leaving school to start a family. My first experiences and adventures in glass began after college in 1995. I saved money from teaching art to groups of homeschooled students and purchased a tiny kiln, and the glass experimenting bonanza began in my garage. I learned of the ways glass behaves by making a lot of mistakes, and I was rewarded with many 'happy accidents' over the years. My favorite way to work with glass is a method I call "glass powder sgraffito drawing". I use piles of powdered black glass on a sheet glass substrate to create imagery; scratching away areas to be kept 'white' and leaving the powder in areas to remain black. I use business cards, my fingers, and many other kinds of 'tools' to create my pieces. You can read more about my work and the technique I use in this recent article: Making Art From Scratch

In 2012 I participated in the "30 in 30 Challenge" using oil paint, which was a totally new medium for me. It proved to be quite difficult and frustrating at first, but after the challenge I found that I really like oils. I plan to participate again in 2015. I paint in oils as a hobby, and hope to improve my skills over time.

I continue to enjoy painting in alcohol inks, and teach monthly evening workshops called "Inks & Drinks" in my hometown of Findlay, OH and in Dayton, OH. Alcohol inks are difficult to control, but their brilliant colors make them hard to resist and we have a lot of fun in class.

Please check my "Workshops" page for information on the classes I teach, and feel free to contact me any time by email if you have any questions.


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Recent Awards

2014 Best of Show, Akron Art Expo, Akron, OH
First Place, Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo, OH
2013 Palmer Award recipient, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Honorable Mention, Akron Art Expo, Akron, OH
2012 First Place Winner, Glass Frit Painting Competition, E. Lansing, MI
Honorable Mention, Delaware Festival of the Arts, Delaware, OH