In years past, as a watercolorist, I worked with transparent paints, striving to create images which evoked the luminous natural world. Over the last seven years my fascination with transparency and luminosity has led to creating paintings and collages with that most transparent medium- glass. I paint glass panels with special transparent light-fast paints formulated to adhere permanently to glass. (One of my pieces has been hanging on the front of our shed unscathed by four years’ exposure toMassachusetts weather.) Some panels are left as finished paintings; others are cut into pieces and glued to painted or clear glass to create collages. Many of these pieces are then backlit, either by hanging in a window or with low energy wall-affixed T4fluorescent lights.
This unusual way of workingwith hand-painted glass extends transparency into the third dimension, not as stained glass but akin to multilayered watercolors. It can thus combine the glowing luminosity of stained glass with the looseness and freedom of watercolor. Furthermore, it lends itself to varied approaches to mark-making. In addition to brushwork, I can also use numerous other techniques for applying paint, like spattering or pouring. A further technique that I was excited to discover is particularly suited to painting on glass: pressure on viscous glass paint yields beautiful fractal patterns, often unachievable by other means. These patterns canalso serve as the basis for monoprinting. One of the great pleasures of employing a rarely utilized medium is the necessity for constant experimentation.
The weather-proof quality of glass paint means that many pieces are equally suited for indoor and outdoor display, thus allowing an examination of the relationship between the natural world and its artistic depiction.
Since the late 90’s, as a self-taught painter in watercolor, I worked at the confluence of accident and intention, seeking to evoke, without copying, the luminous natural world. Seven years ago I began exploring the extension of transparent watercolor into the third dimension by painting on one or both sides of window glass with water-based paints specially formulated to adhere permanently to glass, and mounting whole painted glass panels or cut pieces into multiple painted transparent layers. This process results in work which combines the luminosity of stained glass with the looseness and freedom of watercolor.
JWS Art Supplies, Gt. Barrington, MA August, 2016
Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA July, 2016 (three person)
Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA July, 2014
JWS Art Supplies, Gt. Barrington, MA January- February, 2014
Good Purpose Gallery, Lee, MA (two person) November-December, 2013
Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA (three person) July, 2013
Chester Theater, Chester, MA August, 2011
TD Bank, Gt. Barrington, MA June, 2011
Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA July, 2010
Salisbury Athaeneum, Salisbury, CT July, 2008
Flying Pig, Mt. Kisco, NY June, 2007
Stockbridge Library, Stockbridge, MA April, 2007
Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA July, 2005