I have always loved
glass. When I was a child, my family
often visited glass factories in the Ohio Valley area. It was fascinating to see a molten mass
transformed into something beautiful.
I did not pursue art
as a profession. Instead, I received a
B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Akron. After a year off, I returned to study law and
received my J.D. in 1993 and am now a practicing attorney.
I began working with
stained glass in 2011 after a trip to France.
Although most tourists focus on the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, for
me St. Chappelle and the cathedral in Reims were more impressive. Seeing those amazing stained glass windows,
along with a day trip to Monet’s gardens in Giverny, brought me home with a
drive to explore something more visually creative.
Luckily, my father had
some experience with stained glass and was willing to show me the basics of the
copper foil technique.
Almost immediately, I
began creating my own designs and experimenting with different techniques. In addition to more traditional flat panel
work, I also experiment with three-dimensional and functional art. Sometimes my work tries to capture the
feeling of a place or moment. Other
times it explores a more whimsical view of the world.