I am a lifelong educator and independent multimedia artist primarily working in mosaics, and a certified Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (fHEA), teaching mosaics out of my Berkeley studio. I am passionate about involving people of all ages in art, and providing avenues and scaffolding for you to realize your creative inspiration. I have worked with adults and children for 25+ years in a number of artistic and self empowering outlets, spanning gymnastics, mosaics, painting, cooking, woodworking, designing and decorating 3-D fairy houses and garden design.
As a hiker, gardener and birder, I find inspiration from foliage, landscapes and beasties as I encounter them in the wild and urban settings, while my analytic tendencies are nourished by close attention to contrasting shapes and textures within more abstracted patterns, and as a lens for expressing texture, depth and movement. My interpretation of the wildscapes I traverse as a hiker build into completed pieces and iteratively feed into my teaching workshops: I regularly draw on images from natural field guides (John Laws’ Sierra Nevada book is a current favorite), while I also encourage new mosaicists to embrace and consider abstracted re-imaginings of their visions and designs through their glass creations.
Commissions, Original Work & Further Information. I am available for custom commissions! I am happy to discuss your custom ideas and develop a timeline for completion, dimensions, and prices. I am currently working on a 60 piece stepping stone pathway for a new co-housing unit outside of Sacramento to connect garden elements and create an inclusive garden space. To get an idea of how my eyes and hands work, and what I produce, check out the following:
- Examples from my portfolio can be seen in the Gallery.
- Pieces for Sale. Some of my original work is available on Etsy at SnoringOrangeStudio.
- Other Visuals. I (sparingly) showcase some pieces on Instagram under the SnoringOrangeStudio profile
- Direct Contact. Please reach out directly for commissions and pricing/availability of pieces in the gallery
Events & where to find me. As a collaborator in the Makers Workspace (MWS), my studio is often open to the public, and during open houses I hold regular demonstrations of the mosaic process.
I also sell my work at CNPS (California Native Plant Society) annual native plant sales, e.g. chapter sales in Sacramento and El Dorado County. I also contribute to the annual MWS/SFEtsy winter pop-up sale at the MWS. If you feel my artwork would contribute to your art/garden shop, please contact me!