passion for glass began in the mid-seventies when the traditional
apprenticeship system in the industry had broken down, opening
up new opportunities for individual artists. Stained glass was
a perfect fit with my education in art history and architecture.
After all, by definition, it is "architectural art".
My first heroes were Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rennie Mackintosh
and other Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mission Style visionaries.
piece reflects the co-operative, creative process between
the artist and the client. I listen intently for how they
describe the feeling they want to create in their surroundings...
I become a "design detective" searching for clues
in their choices of decorative color, furniture, and interests.
I want to adorn their home with "window jewelry",
similar to the way they would adorn themselves with elegant
with a knowledge of the craft, a glass artist must show off
the glass to it's potential and have the technical mastery
to build a structurally sound panel for installation while
handling the limitations of the medium as well. It's an orchestration
of line, form, color, texture and light singing in harmony.
has become more than a living... it is a personal lifestyle.
It relates to architecture, interior design and fine art.
Many talented people in those arenas have enriched my world
with their influence and encouragement. In turn, I support
others in their artistic development through classes, apprenticeships,
local school groups, and my involvement in Western New York
art organizations... while my life continues to evolve as
a creative adventure.
2006 Glass Roots Stained Glass Studio