Finback whales are the second larges species of whale on the planet. Only blue whales are larger. Finbacks have a very wide geographical distribution and are found in our waters off Newfoundland and Labrador.
In this piece I wanted to depict a rough sea, which offed quite a few challenges. The ice pieces were made with a platter that I found at a home decor shop. I knew that that would be difficult to cut up due to it’s undulating nature, but wanted to see if I could do something with it. Those pieces make the whole thing 3 dimensional, since they are much thicker than the stained glass or smalti.
I have been doing some experimenting with using both stained and clear glass on it’s edge. I think that it can create some nice water and ice effects. The plywood substrate has been underpainted with a very dilute blue colour so that the paint is absorbed into the wood rather than lying on top of it. This piece is 11 x 14 inches and it is currently available.
Blue Flower 24 x 24 in. Available.
I wanted to challenge myself and use of inexpensive and unusual materials for this mosaic. The entire flower has been made from those decorative glass gems which I have cut in a number of different ways. The background is aquarium gravel. There is also a bit of stained glass there for the stems.
This pieces is 24 x 24 in. ( 61 x 61 cm.) and is currently available.
This was a very fun piece to work on. I had some mugs lying around which I cut in half with a wet saw. The buttons were also lying around and I always wanted to experiment with what I could do with them. There are also some glass gems in there.
The piece is 12 x 16 in. ( ~30 x 40 cm.) and is currently available.
Living near the ocean, we are always seeing and hearing of stories of people who have either found a message in a bottle or have had one of their messages found on the other side of the Atlantic. Sometimes it takes years before they are discovered. They always make for interesting stories. This inspired me to make this piece.
It is mostly vitreous and stained glass. There is some smalti in there as well as some found objects. The bottle has a message in it too, but I’m not saying what it is.
The pieces is 24 x 18 in. ( 61 x 46 cm.) and it is currently available.
Bell Island requires a ferry ride in order to visit. It is a very beautiful place. From the ferry one only gets a glimpse of the marvellous scenery and coastline. That inspired me to do just that – a glimpse. Doing cliffs and water with stained glass and smalti offers real challenges. 9.5 x 60 cm.
Among the Ballicaters
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are a bit different. We have our own dictionary of English which contains quite a few words that are just our own. Ballicaters, being one such word, are defined as “Ice formed by the action in winter of spray and waves along the shore-line, making a fringe or band on the landward side”. We have many pronunciations and spellings for that very same word.
I wanted to do some ballicatters and chose to challenge myself to seeing them from the perspective of a hunting bald eagle.
I wanted to get a bit of detail into the eagle, so I used a diamond bit engraver to create some feather details in it’s body and wings.
Stained and clear glass, smalti and pebbles. 51×40 cm.
When the wind blows the ice onto the land. This piece is 8 x 10 inches ( approx 20 x 25 cm) and is made with smalti, stained glass, pebbles and some wire. Sold.
In 2014 I participated in an exhibition centred on the theme of caribou. Caribou have a special place in the heritage Newfoundland and Labrador. I wished to depict a little known part of the life history of caribou.. when the velvet is shed from their antlers. At this time many blood vessels remain exposed and give a very red appearance to the antler. This gradually fades to the bone like substance with which we are familiar. I have also always wondered how animals react at night to a star filled sky, so that is where I put this animal.
The very moving lyrics of Stan Rogers’ song ‘Make and Break Harbour’ was the inspiration for this piece. Many of our small communities are now abandoned and just dying beside the water.
20 x 25 cm. Stained glass, smalti, pebbles, polymer clay, twine.