Each mosaic has a story to tell, of inspiration, expression, and creative challenge. I wanted to share a few with you, an insight into how my very vivid imagination works! I hope you enjoy them, and they stir your own creativity.
My latest piece, "Crowned Cranes" (February, 2014) was created when I revisited a small mosaic I had made after coming across some striking pictures of this absolutely beautiful, regal bird. The small one I did earlier was just a teaser to whet my appetite; I wanted to make another one, larger and more detailed, to try to express their graceful elegance. I documented how I made this mosaic from start to finish, and you can see how it came together by going to "A Mosaic Journey".
"Witness" came about initially on a trip to Florida, and a visit to the Palm Beach Botanical Garden. Amidst the amazing beauty of tropical foliage was this tree with a scar from an amputated limb (I say amputated because I truly recognize the life within trees). As I later viewed the image snapped with my ever-ready cell phone, it struck me that besides imagining the tree was gazing at me with a cyclopean stare, there was something fairly startling about the resultant knot. To my astonishment, I realized there was a figure inside that tree knot! In my imagination, I thought that the tree's "eye" had witnessed something that left an imprint on its retina surface, phosphorescent and eerie.
It stirred up things inside me I didn't even recognize at first, probably didn't want to see; but that led to the idea of silent witnesses, women perhaps terrorized by things their eyes should never have to see, and yet through the pain of brokenness, they persevere. Their beauty is that of glorious butterflies, once liberated from confining cocoons. Through the tears, they shine. Witness...an homage to survivors of abusive violence of any type.
In November of 2012, out of my volunteer work at the West Haven VA hospital, I was introduced to a woman who commissioned me to create a mosaic, "Forever Remembered", as a memorial of her beloved nephew, who at almost 21, was killed in a tragic car accident one night driving home from work. It broke my heart... I could so relate because my son was exactly the same age, learning how to drive... I made it for her to gift to his grieving parents, and my heart ached for their loss as well. I of course cannot reveal the identity or details of the accident, but suffice it to say it was a senseless, unnecessary loss that has forever left a gaping hole in the hearts of the many that loved him - such a beautiful young man so full of unexplored potential! Beloved, embraced by the angels and surrounded by the light of God's love, I envisioned a glimpse behind the veil, into the heavenly realm, where he waits, calmly and with great happiness, to be reunited with love ones when their time comes.
What a reunion that will be!
What a reunion that will be!