I've chosen wood and glass as the media for my art because I believe its the perfect fusion with the earthy tones of fine wood matched with the vibrant colors of glass.
The woods I use include Koa, a native Hawaiian wood know for its deep luster and beautiful grains, Mango, another local wood amber colored with unpredictable grain patterns, Zebra, so called for its alternating black and white grain, lacewood, purple heart and coconut.
The glass is warm glass also know as fused glass. It comes in sheets of various thickness and also as ground glass known as frit. Its available in a multitude of colors and transparencies. The glass is shaped by cutting and grinding and I can "paint" using the frit in much the same manner as the Navajo sand paintings. The glass is then fired in a kiln at between 1220 and 1530 degrees to fuse the glass into a 1/4" or thicker plate. The glass can then be placed into molds and fired again to produce different shapes.
Because of the variability in both the wood and glass and the fact that each piece is hand carved and ground, every piece of artwork I create is truly a one of a kind masterpiece.
The artwork can be displayed as a wall hanging or table top when using the custom display stands created using the same fine wood as the artwork frame.
Because of the ability of colored glass to diffuse light, the artwork changes dramatically with the addition of white and colored spotlights.