I’ve worked with glass for over 25 years. It began with a stained glass class at Oakland Community College. I was fascinated with the colors and reflections of light that passed through the glass. I’ve experimented with combining both the copper foil method and the lead came method into the same piece, as well as layering glass and incorporating other materials, such as wood and glass beads. I participated in my first art show at Arts & Greens in 2008. I began teaching beginning copper foil and lead came classes in 2009, and I took on my largest repair job, The Field of Dreams Wedding Chapel, in 2009 as well. I have used glass in mosaic pieces, and in 2014 I expanded my glass shop to include a kiln. Sue Murdock, a former Art Shop artist, was selling her workshop, and I saw this as an opportunity to expand my knowledge of glass working to include fused glass. I bought a small portion of her equipment and supplies and several reference books. Sue was a wonderful mentor and helped me gain the confidence I needed to get started in this new venture. My most recent work is taking photographs and recreating them using fused glass and glass frit. Frit is crushed and sifted glass that is then layered on a base to create the picture. I am also a photographer, and in 2016 I joined my brother on a photoshoot to Death Valley to shoot the ‘super bloom’ of the desert.