Why Mosaics? – My youth was spent with relatives that were constantly expressing themselves through music, art and dance. Among some of their talents, Antonio was a concert violinist, Viola and Isabella were painters, Teresa a pianist, Victoria a soprano, Clara a ballroom dancer.
My father Angelo, was better known as “Fred” due to his Fred Astaire-like dancing moves. My mother, Victoria was an all-around craftsperson. She worked with marionettes as well as touching on things such as jewelry, sculpture, bread dough flowers, tinsel painting, Japanese brushwork, paper sculpture and ballroom dancing. I started working with her and my sisters at the age of 5. We put on marionette shows at birthday parties, in malls, and for charitable events. She created the Pelham Children’s Theatre where she wrote scripts and scores for several productions. I helped her with the rehearsals and productions for many years.
After evolving through several careers I ended up teaching middle school math. One might think it’s a far cry from mosaics, but it’s really not. Over the years I was able to incorporate some artwork through projects using tesselations, symmetry, number patterns, etc.
Approximately 15 years ago I started dabbling in mosaics, taking courses from Bonnie Fitzgerald, Yulia Hannensen, Gina Hubler and Kelley Knickerbocker. I found that mosaics enable one to tie in so many parts of oneself to create a cohesive whole.
Ordering Process – You select the colors, size, theme (such as a favorite animal for a child’s room, or a match to Nursery wallpaper) or I can send you photos to get your imagination flowing. In terms of jewelry, you select the shape, color scheme, style and type of chain. Once the process has begun I will send you photos of your project as it progresses. Please contact me below to get the process started. Cost depends on project, time involved and materials needed.
Classes – Currently conducting workshops at the Glistening Glass Studio in Cooper City, Florida and at McMow Art Glass in Lake Worth.