I have always enjoyed art and studied painting as a schoolgirl, but art took a back seat when I left for college and pursued a career in biology. As a biologist, I studied animals in their natural environments and I have been inspired by the beauty and complexity of nature. Now that I am semi-retired, and my sons are grown, I once again find expression in artistic endeavors.
My art consists of fusing my own glass shapes and colors in a kiln. This involves placing smaller pieces of glass on a larger piece and heating them to their melting temperature in a kiln so they fuse together. With the kiln my husband bought me for Christmas, I taught myself to create pictures of frogs, dragonflies, birds and other creatures.
I’ve taken several weekend courses in flame working glass at the Corning Museum of Glass and in 2013 took a week-long course in fused glass. My artist-instructors helped me raise my glass working skills to a higher level.