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FISHY. Just swimmin' in the deep blue sea and looking for some lunchable underlings. He spots three of them and the chase begins! GONE ARMOND DILLO. Tried my hand at adding lots of small glass pieces like stars and millefiori. It's pretty colorful! Currently it hangs in my husbands office BEER ME. Okay, he's a partier! This monster likes to have a good time. He's surrounded by circles of beer caps and Italian millefiori. Our friend John was gifted with this for all of his help around our house CROCODILE SMILE. The piece is done in an old window with an antique corner bracket for a little punch. The brackets curlicues reminded me of Fleur de Lis' which made me think of New Orleans. Which then led to a crocodile. I forgot to measure him before bringing him to the gallery, and this photo is very dark. My Bad! He also has his eyes mounted in Snapple bottle tops. Again, in person these types of textures can be seen better TUR-TEL. He's a vibrant turtle with lots of pizzazz! His eye pieces were placed in Snapple bottle tops. (Definitely cuter in person) GONE BEST BUNNIES. This piece was in the - My Best Friend Pet Portraits - juried art show at the Encinitas Library GARDEN SURPRISE is a fun piece. In the picture it's difficult to see, but the dog is slightly higher than the rest of the piece. He's been created with an old piece of styrofoam CAT'S GOT AN IDEA. The window/frame had several colors of paint on it. I simply sanded it down added some dots, stars, and a couple of brads. My brother and sister-in-law got home to a surprise gift of this mosaic last year LIFE CYCLE, has a few pieces of hardware added to the window/frame. GONE WILD THING. There are two painted stars and antiqued brads around the window/frame. GONE GONE CRAZY. This piece was in the -Mosaic Art From The Heart- show at the Encinitas City Hall, a show created by Dr. Tim Lueker. The show ran June - July 2010, with five local artists displaying pieces. GONE MONSTER IN MY HEAD. (if you could only see what goes on it there), well this seems to fit. This too was also in the -Mosaic Art From The Heart- show. He's done in a bas relief style for a dimensional look. GONE SOMETHING ON MY MIND. The colorful gentleman has something on his mind. Maybe the little animal on his hat noticed the bone he is using for a bowtie, but who knows? This piece was just in the Environmental Art Show at the Encinitas Library, highlighting the use of recycled items. The piece consists of an old window with layers of paint, cast off tile, and broken ceramics. The venue is a stunningly beautiful library, and the show was just lovely and well done by Jim Gilliam. I'm proud to have been a part of it. GONE HIPSTER DOOFUS. He was in the 2009 Exhibition of Art. I think he looks like a throw back to the 50's, and he's just a bright happy guy! ADDED: He won an Honorable Mention! GONE ZONA DI PESCA. Just a little slice of fish life at the bottom of the sea. It's a bit more bas relief than I usually do. GONE WONDERMENT. Two dogs staring in wonderment of the bone they find. The bone says woof on it. This piece was in the 2008 Exhibition of Art. GONE DARN FISH. The cat eyes the dangling fish and is feeling flustered. GONE WISHFUL THINKING. It's hard to see in the picture but the tag hanging off the kittys collar says, meow. The piece was in the Mosaic Art From The Heart show. It was also in the 2008 Exhibition of Art at the San Diego County Fair. *This one just got updated with some black paint, two different colored brads, and shellac.**2014, this piece has been gifted to my wonderful homecare nurse Julie. DOGALICIOUS. The two dogs are both drooling over the pile of bones. Presently, this is one of my favorite pieces. My parents fell in love with this and bought it. My mom won't let me give her any of the art, she feels compelled to purchase. GONE WALK ON THE WET SIDE. The wording beside him says: woof. Hard to see in the picture but the tag hanging off his collar is a small dog house with a small bone hanging from it. This has just been donated to the fundraising auction to be held at the -Heroes Roundup, a Salute to America- at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on July 7th. It's a special night to honor men and women who defend our freedom, and the heroes of wars both past and present. DONATE EGGSACTLY. I did this mosaic on art board. This was in the 2007 Exhibition of Art at the San Diego County Fair. GONE DOG TALK, was in the 2006 Exhibition of Art, a juried show held at the San Diego County Fair and won Honorable Mention, and on June 18th it won the People's Choice Award! The wording beside the brown dog says: bark, and the white dog's tag hanging off of his collar says: vicious. (I don't think he looks it, I think he's all talk). GONE WHAT'S FOR DINNER? The wording on the left beside the dog says: arf. It was also in the 2006 Exhibition of Art, a juried show being held at the San Diego County Fair. This is a heavy piece but also has the ability to be free standing. It was donated to the Fallbrook RWF club to be used in their action at their scholarship fundraiser. The gal who won it raises dogs! DONATED MAKE A DIFFERENCE, is a piece I donated to be used in a silent auction during an 80 Year Birthday Bash, and the wording above and below the elephant said: make a difference. DONATED TULIPS IN BLOOM, was in the 2005 Exhibition of Art, at the San Diego County Fair. It's hard to see from the picture but there were small bees next to the tulips, and the red pieces near each dog's ears are hearts. This piece was donated for silent auction to raise money for a newly wed couples honeymoon. DONATED WISH UPON A STAR. A companion piece to Sleep Delusions. The wording below the dog says: in dreams bones grow. GONE SLEEP DELUSIONS, was in the 2004 Exhibition of Art, at the San Diego County Fair and it won 2nd place! The wording above the dog says: what dogs dream about, and the word below his mouth near the bones says: bones. GONE AVERAGE BLUE DOG ON AN ABSTRACTED DAY, was in the 2004 -Fragments of Truth- Opus Veritas, a juried exhibition of International mosaic artists held at the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco. GONE WHEN DOGS RULE THE WORLD. My first entry at the San Diego Fair Art Show IS MY PONYTAIL STRAIGHT? I won first prize on this one PESCE, is a piece I donated to the San Diego Horticultural Society to be used in their fundraising raffle at the gala honoring Pat Welsh. The gala kicks off the Spring Home and Garden Show every year. DONATED DEEP BLUE. The next three mosaics were for a commission which were to be hung by the couples swimming pool. The pool is down a stairway and has a long wall to the left which is were they had planned to hang them YA, IT'S LOVE. When they got them, they liked them so much they decided to hang them on the back of the house instead of having them all the way down by the pool. Since they use the patio area a lot they would be to enjoy them more often POLPO. The grouping looks very nice together and I am told it gets a lot of attention from their guests LAISHA AND KEN, was for a couple in Maine. They tell me it took 45 minutes for them to open the box my shipper built for it. (My shippers pretty good!)They have it hanging between their library room and office BIRDY TAKES A STROLL. GONE I had upgraded my garage door to a more energy efficient one. The new one is solid core with a smaller double pane window. My son asked what I was going to do with the old door and I told him I was just going to throw it out. He said, ah come on Mom, put a mosaic on it! So I did. I cut several inches off the bottom and hung it on my fence

 

Art Highlights

Just a Few Mosaic Art Pieces
Best Bunnies

Best Bunnies" This piece was in the "My Best Friend: Pet Portraits" juried art show at the Encinitas Library. The show has been created by Jim Hornung, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, and Cardiff Dog Days of Summer to honor the special animals around us, and they encouraged interpretative creations. The show rans from: July 23th to August 29th 2011.

ADDED: I won! Awards were not standard awards such as 1st, 2nd, etc, but given names. I won because my piece embodied the theme of the show, and what Jim was looking for when he created it. Something fun, kicky, and colorful. So my award was the South Park Award! So cool.

Hipster Doofus

"Hipster Doofus". He was in the 2009 Exhibition of Art at the San Diego Fair. I think he looks like a throw back to the 50's, and he's just a bright happy guy! He won an Honorable Mention!

Dog Talk

"Dog Talk," was in the 2006 Exhibition of Art, a juried show held at the San Diego County Fair and won Honorable Mention, and on June 18th it won the People's Choice Award! The wording beside the brown dog says: bark, and the white dog's tag hanging off of his collar says: vicious. (I don't think he looks it, I think he's all talk).

Artist Details

 
I am a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, SAMA for short. It's a great organization for both hobbyists and serious artists. They have an informative newsletter and host really great showings of mosaic art. Consider joining, it's well worth it!

I'm also a member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic, BAMM for short. I haven't done much with this group except to meet some of the members, who were great fun by the way, and they too offer an excellent publication well worth joining for.

My son and I met Lillian Sizemore at the SAMA show in San Francisco. We took the fabulous tour she offers called Fractured and Fabulous! Mosaics, Murals and Vintage Tile of the Castro. Definitely the highlight of the weekend. She offers the tours all the time, but she sells a pocket-sized guide with historical and technical information if you just want to do the tour on your own. In fact, we are in the picture at the top of the page. - hint - Orange you glad I made you look?