April 2016

Dear Friend,

Thank you so much for being a subscriber to my newsletter. So far this year I have created three new mosaics and attended another awesome conference with SAMA (my eighth!). I was also one of the featured artists in a mosaic blog by Helen Miles.

New Mosaics

Two of my recent mosaics came from quick drawings I did in my sketchbook. It was great to start these mosaics with so little preparation! Usually the design process takes me hours. I made these cats a little differently in that I cut out the shape of their bodies rather than making the base of the mosaics rectangular. I did this years ago with fish and they end up having really fun shapes.

Beyond Space and Time is made with stained glass, millefiori, seed beads, a glass fusion heart, and steel wire for the whiskers. It was created with my mom in mind who passed away in 2013. Of course my love for my son was expressed in it as well. :) It has now been sold and resides in the U.K.

Beyond Space and Time, 7 1/2 x 12 1/2"

This mosaic titled Nowhere to Be (But Here) is made with stained glass, millefiori, beads and steel wire whiskers and expresses the joy of being in the moment. If you are interested in owning it please email me here. There are a couple of in-progress photos of it on my blog if you'd like to check it out!


Nowhere to Be (But Here), 10 1/2 x 13"

SAMA Conference

Millenium by Atsuko Laskaris, Best in Show            Benito Juarez Park by Jolino Beserra, Best Mosaic in Situ

Earlier this month I attended my eighth conference with SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists), this year in San Diego, CA. Four days of everything to do with mosaics - workshops, presentations, vendor marketplace, mosaic auction, mosaic exhibition, and working on a mosaic to be donated to a local non profit. Oh, and hanging out with a wonderfully fun group of people!

Reverie, 5x10"

I sold my mosaic, Reverie, at the Mosaic Art Salon. It is 5x10" and made with stained glass and millefiori. I wrote a very detailed blog post about how I created it (how I create most of my mosaics) if you're interested.

I bought some fabulous materials from the vendor marketplace that I am very excited about using soon, and I can't wait to apply what I learned in my workshop, Can the Line Make You a Better Person? with Rachel Sager. Read more about my experience here.

Ceramic tiles from Amber's Artistry                            My sample board from Rachel's class
and glass fusions from Bonin Glass Designs

Blog Feature

A couple of my mosaics and a bit of my story as a beginning mosaic artist are included in this fun and informative blog post by Helen Miles Mosaics about self taught mosaic artists and their methods for learning. Check it out here and be sure to catch part one, as well as an awesome archive of articles and stories for the mosaic art lover. 

Other Art I Enjoy
One of my favorite artists/illustrators I love to follow on Flickr is Terry Runyan. Her designs are deceptively simple. She makes it look so easy when I know there is so much thought and talent in creating such fun personalities in very few lines with "simple" color palettes and compositions and with minimal detail but the most effective and essential details! Follow her on Flickr or Facebook or go buy her prints, pillows, bags and more on Society6.


Thank you so much for following along on my artistic journey, and if you think others would be interested in reading about my art, feel free to share my newsletter.

Warm regards, until next time,



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