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.
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.
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.
2014 was an incredible year for iceberg watchers here in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bergs are very majestic and inspirational. I am captivated by how light reflects from them. This piece is made from stained glass and a few bits of dichroic glass. The water is hand painted clear glass. It is 35 x 42 cm. in size.