ARTIST STATEMENT/Illuminated Paintings
Illuminated Paintings (Paintings on Glass)
My work combines the ancient art of glass painting, as it is used for stained glass windows, with glass fusion.
Fusing colored glass into one solid plate allows for the free combination of colors in glass without the need for lead lines separating one colored piece of glass from the next, as is customary in stained glass windows. This moves the medieval art of glass painting into a contemporary context.
My latest glass paintings are back lit with ultra thin LED lights, which enhance every detail of the painting and at the same time allow for the glass painting to be displayed on a wall like a regular piece of art.
Alternatively, the painted glass panels can be fitted into a stand and placed in a window for natural lighting or before any other light source.
Most of my subject matter is derived from the natural world around me. On my daily walks to a nearby park I am privileged to experience everything from migrating birds, hawks, butterflies and more, and my visits to the Jersey Shore with its wetlands and the ocean provide ample inspiration from birds to fish.
I paint impressions of birds, fish and butterflies from imagination. They are creatures of fantasy and they float on the glass as they float in the water and in the air.
Paintings on Canvas
I paint on both canvas and glass and although the medium and technique used on either is very different, the content and style of the paintings are very similar. In fact, my work on glass influences my work on canvas and vice versa.
My subject matter in oils is mostly derived from landscapes. Every year I spend two months in Switzerland, my country of origin, where I photograph the mountains, the clouds and of course the light. Other destinations, such as Japan, France and sometimes travel in the US have provided me with a rich arsenal of inspiration for my work. My paintings are meant to convey the experience of a place rather than a realistic rendering of a landscape. They are the expression of my love and awe for these places.