The discovery of glass fusion combined with glass painting allows me the freedom to select and combine colors in one piece of glass without depending on the lead line, so typical for stained glass. After fusing my colored glass pieces onto one plate of clear glass, I am left with a smooth surface ready for painting. It is like painting on canvas only with the luminosity of glass and the permanence of kiln fired paint. Buddhas and Icons has its roots in both my daily practice of yoga and meditation on the one hand and in the fact that the pinnacle of every stained glass window I have ever painted was the designing and painting of the human head. The head is the crowning glory of the human body, its mountains and valleys an endless source of inspiration.
My desire to bring the beauty of stained glass out of the church and into contemporary life has motivated me to create what I now call the “Glass Tapestry”. A hybrid between a painting and a stained glass window, it consists of wire cloth, painted glass and occasionally black sheet metal for contrast. The painted glass is invisibly affixed to a metal armor, and when assembled becomes a painting which appears to be suspended in air. Medieval tapestries and the Kilims of the Middle East served as my inspiration. But instead of hanging on a wall my pieces are suspended before windows or in front of an artificial light source. Each of my tapestries has it’s story and is therefore one of a kind. Most of this work is done on commission, so as to adapt the tapestry both in subject matter and size to its’ environment