New England Mosaic Society Member Directory

If you are a current member of NEMS and would like your information included on this page, please email Cassie Doyon kcdoyon(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com  Include a photo and a brief bio about yourself, (please no more than 3 sentences – see Deb Aldo’s bio as an example), as well as any links to websites or online media.

CONNECTICUT

 

Deb Aldo, Sterling, CT
For the last 20 years, Deb Aldo has used her degrees in fine art and landscape architecture to create contemporary mosaic designs for large scale public art projects worldwide as well as architectural installations in residences, hotels, and universities. She is a well known teacher, has won numerous awards and has studied with some of the most accomplished mosaic artists throughout the world.                 860-617-1795   deb.pietredure(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com   pietreduredesign.com

 

Rhonda Heisler, Bloomfield, CT
For the past 20 years, Rhonda has been creating custom mosaic fine art in handcut opaque stained glass, ceramic tile, and organic materials. Her mosaics are animated by an exploration of color, line, rhythm, pattern, scale, texture, and the extraordinary properties of light. Styles include representational, Fauve-inspired, and abstract. Her clients include collectors, architects, designers, and art consultants for residential, hospitality, and healthcare settings. Rhonda is a past officer and board member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists    860-969-6907    rhondaheisler(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com  rhondaheislermosaicart.com

Beth Klingher, New Haven, CT

After spending ten years teaching math in New Haven public schools, Beth Klingher continues to work as a teaching artist in schools throughout New England where she is known for exploring the connections between math and art.  Her large-scale mosaic projects as well as painted murals can be seen throughout New Haven in both schools, museums and in the community.   In her personal artwork, Beth combines a variety of materials to create abstract geometric designs, stunning landscapes and playful patterns of color. Beth teaches mosaics to both children and adults. 203-675-1393  www.bethklingher.com

Heidrun Morgan, Newtown, CT

About 15 years ago, Heidrun Morgan started exploring the art of mosaics. Instantly hooked on working with glass, tiles, and other materials, she has created intricate mosaics influenced by nature, architecture, and her imagination. After adding a kiln to her studio, Heidrun incorporates fused glass pieces into her mosaics.”
1-203-426-5176 heidrunmorgan(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com heidrunglasscreations.com

Cathleen Newsham, Danbury, CT
For 20 years, Cathleen has been designing, fabricating and installing architectural mosaics.  With degrees in graphic design and fine art, she continues her creative studies with accomplished mosaic and fine artists, learning new techniques and materials, and meeting other creatives from around the world.  Between architectural and graphic design projects, you will find Cathleen traveling throughout the U.S. teaching the art and business of mosaic.
cnewsham50(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com    917-796-6086    modernmosaicarts.com

Christine Webster, Meriden, CT
I am a retired middle and high school art teacher turned State of CT teaching artist. I have been teaching stained class mosaics for 20 years.  I am currently president of a non-profit art gallery in Meriden, Connecticut called Gallery 53. Over time my students and I have created large mosaics for permanent installation both inside and out.  Last summer I held a city funded community art camp for three weeks where my students created multiple mosaics that will soon be installed on the exterior of the gallery.    chrisweb(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)att.net

MAINE

Candace Jackman, Fayette, ME
Candace and her husband, Fred, worked full-time for more than 30 years creating stained projects for residential, commercial and ecclesiastical installations. In 2010, Candace turned to creating mosaics, taking classes with Marian Shapiro, Kelley Knickerbocker and Carrie Bracker and plans to continue her studies with other mosaic artists. She enjoys working with smalti, stained glass, stone and other materials to create one-of-a-kind mosaic art. candacemariah(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.com

MASSACHUSETTS

Mimi Aarens, Lexington, MA

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Susan Adler, Chatham, MA

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Susan Altman, Medford, MA
Susan has made mosaics for more than a decade. She is attracted to the permanence and solidity of mosaics, and their variable, light-refracting surfaces. She loves colors and building things, and likes her art to serve a function. She repurposes discarded and used materials whenever possible: wood from construction projects, pots and pans, broken pottery, overstocked/returned ceramic floor and wall tiles, keys and hardware, plastic bottlecaps, old furniture, rocks and shells, even old shower doors.
Glassandgroutart.com     glassandgrout(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Su Bailey, Amesbury, MA

For 5 years I have been making mosaic jewelry, panels, mirrors and assisted in creating a mosaic mural. As former head of the Amesbury Cultural Council I’m trying to make a mark on the mosaic world in my area. I have taken several workshops domestically and abroad with artists such as Yulia Hanansen, Carol Shelkin & Isaiah Zagar. I love traveling to learn new methods and have been inspired in a variety of ways by these travels and amazing teachers.    subailey13(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com     (978) 930-3554

Glynda Benham, Sterling, MA
Glynda has been creating mosaic art for six years. She has studied with Martin Cheek, Carol Shelkin, Kelly Knickerbocker, Susan Wechsler, and Isaiah Zagar. She exhibited in Mosaics at the Mill (2012 and 2015), Arsenal Center for the Arts, and the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 80th Regional Exhibition of Arts and Crafts.
westkennett(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Emily Bhargava, Somerville, MA
Emily is the Director of Connection Lab LLC in Somerville, MA, is an artist and community organizer who has been leading community art projects for more than 20 years.  As a muralist, a stained glass artist, a mosaic artist and a facilitator, Emily often works on the border between art and public health, using art to share health information, to increase community collaboration and community capacity, and to increase engagement in building healthy communities.  www.connectionlab.org and www.glassandlead.com

Jim Bowen, West Falmouth, MA
As a mosaic artist since 1998, Jim has been recognized for his community work & public art projects in various publications and awards. As a teacher he created the mosaic program at Cape Cod Community College and founded Cape Cod Mosaic Workshops, a nationally recognized mosaic school.  As an author, his last five years have been devoted to creating and publishing “My Mosaic Alphabet Book”, a 32 page fine art book that encourages young readers to learn new words and explore new places through mosaics.Web site: www.CapeCodMosaicWorkshops.com    CapeCodMosaicWorkshops@gmail.com    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jim.bowen.733

Mary Bowles  Gloucester, MA
After twenty years in Technology Mary took a six month leave of absence but never looked back.  She had taken a mosaic class in 2003 and fell in love with the art of mosaic.  Mary co-owns Shell Designs and creates a variety of glass mosaic and seashell art and crafts sometimes combining the two.  She loves to incorporate gemstones and minerals in her work.  34 Starknaught Heights, Gloucester MA mary(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)shelldesigns.com  978-439-9337  www.shelldesigns.com

 

Terry Bromfield  Newtonville, MA
I have been making mosaic art for the last seven years. I like to work organically, starting with an inspiration and then letting a wide variety of materials take me there. Most of my work has been gifts for family and friends. I especially like making functional art, working with mirrors and clocks as the base for my creations.  brommom(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)aol.com  617-775-0358

Cheryl Cohen, Holliston, MA
Cheryl teaches mosaic art to adults and children in her Holliston studio.  She uses glass, tile, mirror, stone, shells and beads as well as shards of pottery and china to create her mixed media wall art, 3D mosaics, and mosaic jewelry. Cheryl has taken classes with world renowned mosaic artists including Sonia King and Lynn Chinn.
Cheryl Cohen Mosaics Studio, 360 Woodland Street Holliston, MA 01746   508-612-4183
craftyot28(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or cherylcohenmosaics.com

Karen Chrisman, Belchertown, MA
Though she always went out of her way to see mosaics, Karen discovered how amazing it is to create them only ten years ago. Mosaic is now a new way to express how to build a life, piece by piece, after years as a graphic designer, building a house, making extensive gardens, and traveling. She has had wonderful teachers, exhibited here and there including in SAMA’s MAI four times, and describes her process as irreverent contemplation. She loves the materials, the process, bringing ideas to light, and solving the puzzles that come with creating.
kchrisman(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)charter.net or karenchrisman.net

Jean Marie Cummiskey, Hopkinton, MA
From an early age I was interested in art and politics.  As an undergraduate double major in studio art and political science, I expressed this dual interest through editorial cartoons and woodcuts.  Later, as a health planner and an advertising manager, I used photography and pen & ink to capture people, places, and the natural environment.  My art has evolved from my personal and professional experiences and with added skills in digital photography and mosaic methods.  My subject matter continues to reflect cities and nature.  I often use photography to editorialize my subjects and mixed media mosaics to celebrate them.  newenglandartstudio.com

Cassie Doyon, Bradford, MA
Cassie works in mixed media with a focus on mosaics. She has had a lifelong interest in primitive/tribal arts around the world as well as the beauty of the natural world, which is reflected in her art. She is particularly focused on surface design, color, and pushing the boundaries of sculpture with unconventional and repurposed materials.
kcdoyon(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com     cassiedoyondesigns.net

Karen Edlund, Somerville, MA
Karen has been making mosaics since 2006, has exhibited in eight shows, and won a People’s Choice award at the 2007 Art of Mosaic exhibit at the Somerville Museum. She uses a variety of tesserae in her work including vitreous glass, stained glass, found objects, rocks and stones, pottery, fused glass, mirror glass, and millefiori.
Kedlund3(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

 

Michael J. Ferreira, Cape Cod, MA

Michael J. Ferreira is a fine art mosaic artist living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Michael has always had an interest in art due in part to being surrounded by a large art community on Cape Cod and with members of his family being active in the arts. However, it took some time to find which medium he preferred and felt most comfortable working with. Michael began working in mosaics in 2009. Michael likes to incorporate various materials in his projects including stained glass, smalti, tile, mirror, 3D elements, as well as pieces found in nature. He is also a member of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.  mjfmosaics(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)comcast.net   mjfmosaics.com  Facebook: Michael J. Ferreira Mosaic Artist  Instagram: mjfmosaics

Cynthia Fisher, Charlemont, MA
Cynthia Fisher has been a professional artist for over 25 years, an illustrator of thirty-five children’s books, and since 2000 a mosaicist. Her works range from residential installations to large-scale public art murals in hospitals, colleges, public offices and town commons across the US. She has undertaken numerous school residencies and community projects, including one in Santiago, Chile, and three in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
cindy(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)BIGBANGMOSAIC.com   BIGBANGMOSAIC.com

Carrie Fradkin, Falmouth, MA
Carrie Fradkin’s obsession with making and teaching mosaics began 13 years ago. Fradkin is also a pastel and encaustic painter with degrees in fine art and education and has been a graphic designer and teacher for more than 30 years. She has studied with master mosaicists in England and the US. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in private collections.  Her work reflects her love and study of color and her background in graphics, fiber art and painting.     802-522-3574   carrie.fradkin(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com  carriefradkin.com   https://www.facebook.com/cbfradkin

Laurie Frazer, Northampton, MA
Colors, textures, materials, building things and keeping my hands dirty makes me happy. After college for art & design I have a professional career as an interior designer and working with architects. I have always loved stained glass and have been doing mosaics for many years at my workshop in Northampton and my traveling studio on the coast of Maine.  laurie(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)cobaltdesign.net

Beth Goulet  Seekonk, MA

Beth has been interested in art from a young age. Over the past 5 years her attention has shifted from painting to mosaic art. Her mosaics are usually inspired by nature. She is interested in understanding mosaics as a timeless art form and is constantly working and learning how to improve her own skills as an artist.

Steve Haggett, Winchester, MA
Steve is a weekend mosaic artist and weekday Boston business exec.  He was introduced to mosaics through business travel across the Byzantine world in Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Russia.  He comes to mosaic with a background in watercolor; the transition from a medium of layers of washes and glazes to sharp lines of brilliant color is a new challenge.  His work is representational, primarily portraits.  stephenchaggett(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)verizon.net

Kim Kasner, Cape Cod, MA
With artists in her family, Kim has always been involved in various methods of artistic expression.  Decorative painting and needlework fueled her interest in color and design.  In 2012 Kim transformed a box of broken antique china into a very cool dining table thanks to a class in Orleans with Carol Helmsley.  2012 also brought a move from Cape Cod to Key West and more time and space for creating and selling art.  Kim has also taken classes with Susan Weschler, Kelly Knickerbocker, Pam Stratton, Jenifer Strachan and Mirelle Swinnen.  In 2015 Kim was awarded a grant from the Anne McKee Foundation, of Key West and studied at the Orsoni Smalti Factory in Venice.  Living in Key West and Cape Cod with a few trips to Europe, Kim is enjoying this medium more than ever.  kkassner3(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or 617-285-7777

Christine Kenneally, Easthampton, MA
Christine has been working in mosaics since 2004. She has done both small and large-scale installations using a variety of materials and methods in private residences, small businesses, universities, and non-profit organizations. She has exhibited her work locally in both solo and group shows. She teaches workshops for adults and teens in her own studio and at craft schools. She makes mosaic jewelry from a variety of materials, including pieces of vintage teacups and saucers, smalti, and semi-precious stones. Her work, both large and small, celebrates the lines, patterns, textures, and shapes found in nature.   christinekenneallymosaics.com

Cecilia Kremer, Newton, MA

I have always enriched my life as an epidemiologist with the practice of a wide spectrum of artistic media. When encountering mosaics, however, a leisure pursuit evolved into a full time career…should I say obsession?! For about 15 years, while studying with some of the most renowned mosaic artists from around the world, I have dedicated my life to make mosaics, teach mosaics, facilitate mosaic community projects, breathe mosaics…

Everything about mosaics fascinates me: their color, form, space, texture, lines, and curves. Every little tile holds on to its own individuality but also maintains a special interconnectedness and even interdependence to the pieces surrounding it. Sometimes, it feels as if one tile converses with another…Sometimes they need some space but, when I smooth the edges of one or both, they feel just right, and their differences, as in life, enrich the final product.
www.chromatile.com  https://www.facebook.com/Chromatile-by-Cecilia-Kremer      115634199690/  https://www.instagram.com/chromatilebyceciliakremer/  https://www.pinterest.com/chromatile/

Carol Krentzman, Natick, MA
For the past 15 years, Carol has been studying and creating stained glass and mosaics for public and private clients. She works with groups to create a creative bonding experience and strong sense of community during the process of producing large scale mosaics. Carol teaches mosaics in her home studio and in local schools, and has been the recipient of Mass Cultural Council Artist-in-Residence grants. Her public art stained glass and mosaics can be seen in Natick, Newton and Framingham, MA.  508-341-4180   mosaicartinstitute(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)comcast.net      www.maion.org

Pat Krusko, Easthampton, MA

I took my first mosaic class around 2006 at the Fuller Craft museum. It was probably my first “art” course since elementary school. Always more of a left-brain type. Perhaps it was the idea of putting pieces together (certainly a notion attractive to a left-brain type) that struck such a chord in me – that and not having to draw!  I continued with classes, taking several with Cynthia Fisher, also Martin Cheek, Yulia Hanansen, Laurel Sky, Suzan Germond, Susan Crocenzi, and my personal idol, Sonia King!!!!! All amazing artists and all wonderful about sharing their knowledge and love of mosaics. Now working half-time/semi-retired, I plan to work regularly in my studio. I’m full of ideas and looking forward to creating hundreds of mosaics!  I remind myself that Grandma Moses started painting at 78 so I have plenty of time!  pat.krusko(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.com

Isabel Margolin, Amherst, MA
Isabel works full-time at a real job in order to support her mosaic habit.  She began creating mosaics five years ago and had the good fortune to have my work accepted to several juried exhibits:  the National Mosaic Show, Cape Cod, 2011; SAMA, Philadelphia, 2015; SAMA, San Diego, 2016; and the Mosaic Passover look forward to being involved in a community of mosaic artists.    idmargolin(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Sarah Maker, Boxborough, MA
Sarah H. Maker is a self-taught mosaicist and mixed media “creatist”–as in one who is passionate about the gifts of insight and healing that are available to all people through engagement with the creative process.  Sarah especially loves working with mosaics and faux Kintsugi (an ancient Japanese art form) which particularly lend themselves to the message of hope, that indeed beauty is able to emerge from brokenness.  Sarah is in the process of turning her passion into her life’s vocation by studying at Lesley University to become a licensed mental health counselor, with a specialization in expressive arts therapy.   978-501-6544    sarahhmaker(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Amy Marks, Waltham, MA
For the last 7 years, Amy has created functional and decorative mixed media mosaics using a rich color palette and a variety of materials—polymer clay, glass, pottery, millefiori, beads, shells, and rocks. She has exhibited in Mosaics at the Mill I & II, and shows at the Sharon Arts Center, Danforth Museum of Art, and the Somerville Museum. She teaches at Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply.   111 Riverview Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453   781-899-8041    amyloumarks(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Corinne McKeown, Newburyport, MA
“Perhaps the most important transformational aspect of mosaics I can point to is that becoming a mosaic artist has transformed me into the best possible version of myself.  It is how I have felt most alive, most accomplished, most spiritually balanced”.  Corinne moved from the Berkshires to the Newburyport in 10/2015 and has an in-home studio.  She is a Real Estate Broker, an animal advocate and a published poet.   Artist(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)PuppyLoveMosaics.com     PuppyLoveMosaics.com        413-539-4115

Liane Noddin, Somerville, MA
Liane is an artist who has lived in Somerville, MA for the past 25 years. She has degrees in painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has shown her work in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota, Connecticut, North Carolina and Rhode Island. In 2015 she began learning about mosaics while volunteering on two projects in the Somerville Public Schools. Since 2016, she has worked for both David Fichter and Josh Winer, assisting them with mosaic building and installation on a variety of community and school projects.  noddin.liane(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Suzanne Owayda, Arlington, MA
Suzanne co-owns Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply, the only mosaic storefront dedicated to teaching mosaic classes and selling mosaic tools and materials in the New England area.  She has been making mosaics for the past ten years and teaching mosaics for the last six. Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply, LLC, 1189B Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
718-316-1667   studio(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mosaicoasis.com      mosaicoasis.com

Betsy Rodman, Arlington, MA
Betsy co-owns Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply. Since 2007, she has explored her creativity through mosaics. Betsy has exhibited and shown her work at SOWA (Boston’s Outdoor Art Market), “The Art of Mosaics” at The Somerville Museum, and in several galleries. She has curated two mosaic exhibitions at the Schwamb Mill in Arlington. Betsy has studied with internationally known mosaic artists, created commission pieces, and teaches mosaics.
718-316-1667   studio(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mosaicoasis.com      mosaicoasis.com

Pamela Stratton, Rockport,MA
She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, The Cape Ann Artisans and the Rocky Neck Art colony. Her work has been shown at exhibits in the Somerville Museum,  the Chicago Mosaic School and as part of the International Society of Mosaic Artists Exhibit at the Museum of Man in San Diego, CA.  Her work has been published in the international magazine, Mosaic Art Now and in North Shore Magazine. She teaches classes in her Rockport,MA studio.  pamstratton63(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com     pamstrattonmosaics.com

Candace Webb, Belmont, MA
Candace fell in love with the medium of mosaics when she made her first mosaic pot at a friend’s house. She enjoys the potential for using bright colors and incorporating found objects. For the past 10 years, she has been making mosaics for fun, and sometimes for friends and family.   candacewcanuck@gmail.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Cindy Stanton, Moultonborough, NH
Cindy is a retired academic who started working in mosaics just a few years ago by taking a hammer to some dinner plates. A couple of weekend courses later and the purchase of some appropriate tools, and she had found a new passion.  Cindy most enjoys working with mixed materials and always incorporates plates into her work.  “I love looking at a mosaic image and thinking about the meals that were eaten on those plates, holiday meals, meals after a graduation, a birth, a funeral, and all those nightly meals that make up a childhood.”
cindy.stanton1(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Nikki Sullivan, Bedford, NH

Nikki has been creating mosaics for 11 years.  She uses a variety of materials such as stone, tile, glass, wood and metal in her fine art.  She also designs unique mosaic jewelry and belt buckles for fun.  She has exhibited in various Boston area venues, Cape Cod, Mystic CT, North Eastern CT, New Hampshire and Charlotte NC.  Nikki is also a member of SAMA, The League of NH Craftsmen, and The Craftworkers’ Guild of Bedford. www.sullivancreativeworkshop.com  nikkisullivanmosaics(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.com

PENNSYLVANIA

Anabella Wewer Warren, RI/Macungie PA
A graphic designer by profession, Anabella is also an internationally exhibited mosaic artist and metalsmith. After falling in love with mosaics as fine art during a chance encounter near the Vatican in 2004, she took a couple of workshops in the United States, but quickly made the decision to mainly study in Italy. She has studied with Luciana Notturni (Ravenna technique), Arianna Gallo and Luca Barberini (micro-mosaics in stone) in Ravenna; Maestro Carlo Meloni (Rome) at Orsoni Smalti Veneziani (filati/micro-mosaic); Valeria Manzo, Dagmar Friedrich and Laura Carraro at the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, Spillimbergo; Verdiano Marzi (Corsica/France); Dugald MacInnes (Scotland); Rachel Sager, Carol Shelkin and Gina Hubler (Pennsylvania); Matteo Randi (Ravenna/Virginia), and Dino Maccini (Piacenza), completing her studies with Marco Santi (Ravenna), Rosanna Fattorini (Ravenna) and Beatrice Serre (France). Her native languages are Spanish and Portuguese, and she also speaks English and Italian and is often the translator and assistant for Giulio Menossi and Dino Maccini on their trips to the US. Anabella is part of the faculty at Mosaic Arts Online.com, where her course on Andamento in Modern Mosaics provides students an online version of her live course.

RHODE ISLAND

Karen Giarrusso, East Greenwich, RI
Karen is a mosaic artist, wife, and mom who loves making mosaics with beads, stones, glass, millifiori, smalti, and small items. She loves color and her work is usually very bright and cheerful, and will always have rhinestone, mirror glass, and stones mixed in the mosaic.   401-255-5717  155 Lenihan Lane, East Greenwich, RI 02818      http://www.kgmosaics.com/      kh808ri(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Jess Regelson, Providence, RI

Jess has been making mosaics professionally since 1998. As a member of the artists’ roster with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, she has created over 30 mosaic murals with schoolchildren throughout the state of Rhode Island. In addition, she produces private commissions, public art work, and mosaic art which is exhibited and sold in local galleries. Recent commissions have been installed in Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and works from her studio in nearby Pawtucket. indigomoonmosaics.com     jess(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)indigomoonmosaics.com  401-556-8608

VERMONT

Maggie Neily, Windsor, VT
Maggie sees beauty everywhere in life. It is all tied together with bands of beautiful ribbons, stained with wine, and covered with chocolate. Ethnicity and diversity bring to her pallet all she learns. When not creating, Maggie spends time on Lake Champlain with family and friends.   gypsy.design(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.com

CANADA

Annie Laprise, Quebec, Canada

All my life I have explored different mediums of art as I grew up in the beautiful region of lac Saint-Jean
Québec. I have always been fascinated with nature and it’s landscapes. During my youth, I took drawing
and painting lessons which gave me opportunity to discover and enjoy art in general.
Twelve years ago, I discovered the medium of mosaic art by accident. I started by restoring an old
dining room table top that I covered with broken ceramic tiles. It was the beginning of my passion for
mosaic art.
I am self taught and have experimented continuously with different techniques before finding one
where I can develop my own style. I joined a group of mosaic artists from France called Passion-
Mosaïque and have participated in several seminars over the years. My interest and focus is to create
landscapes with contrasting light and shadows using vivid colours.
I start from scratch, painting every bisque porcelain in various colours that are fired in a kiln. Each tile is
then broken piece by piece and placed over an image. Once the pieces are glued in place, I fill in the
gaps by using different colours of grout in order to enhance the contrasts and bring it to life like a
painting.
For me my mosaic pieces are a combination of drawing, painting and sculpture which require a lot of
patience and passion as it can take several weeks and months to complete a single piece.
However, the end result is always gratifying and I cannot wait to create the next piece with the
inspiration that nature offers me in my beautiful country surroundings.

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