I have been with the co-op since February of this year.
What’s your background?
Over the years I have dabbled in a variety of creative arts. I have been working in fused glass for about 18 years along with working full-time in Social Services and Management. Now that I am semi-retired I am able to devote more time to my art.
Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy bringing more beauty into people’s everyday lives in these challenging times. It also gives me a lot of joy to play with color and design and make one-of-a-kind creations.
It is tough to give a one-word description of myself. Perhaps, “multi-faceted." I have a breadth of things I enjoy and lots of different aspects of my personality.
Where do you create?
I have a studio in my home in Vancouver with a lovely large window overlooking the trees.
Nature gives me great inspiration—especially the amazing colors and designs, from bugs to butterfly wings, to flowers in profound colors.
I tend to work in spurts – or bursts of inspiration. I like to play and try different combinations of glass see how they interface. I enjoy exploring a variety of techniques. I’m not content to find my niche and stay there. I'm always experimenting.
When I went to Belize I was totally amazed by the fish when I went snorkeling. I had a small underwater camera but I lost it with all the pictures on it! When I came home I created a piece in glass – an “s” curve shape (which you can see on my website.) I used a variety of flashy dichroic glass to create from memory those amazing fish and a multi-colored piece for the coral. That is my favorite piece.
When I’m not creating I love to be outdoors adventuring-hiking, kayaking, and skiing. I also enjoy working as a counselor two days a week assisting people with their personal process of growth.