The world of mosaic art has been in my creative DNA for a long time. My parents were involved in the mosaic movement of the 60’s and opened a retail store, “Mosaic Alcove,” in our Southern California town of El Monte. Both of my parents were artists and this store thrived due to their creative investments. I rediscovered mosaics after my sons were out on their own and I suddenly found a lot of time waiting to be filled.
Internet searches led me to a wonderful 2002 course with Martin Cheek that took place in Italy and Greece. This was my first experience seeing ancient mosaics, being with others passionate about mosaics and being in a mosaic class. That experience changed my life. I continue to be inspired by the rich history of mosaics. I love working with the materials that are available, particularly natural stone and Italian glass.
In 2008 I started an international web site exclusively for mosaic artists, Contemporary Mosaic Art - CMA. This website was the result of many conversations I had over the years with people who loved mosaic making, but felt isolated and wanted to have more connection with others in this field.
In 2008 I discovered the mosaics of Giulio Menossi through CMA. He and I worked together to develop classes for him in Udine, Italy. These classes brought students from all over the world to discover his beautiful techniques. In 2012 I enjoyed being part of the team to curate the first mosaic art exhibition in Clauiano, Italy featuring artist from the Contemporary Mosaic Art Website. October, 2014 will be the first Contemporary Mosaic Art - CMA Summit, in Ashland, Oregon. I'm a member of the 4 person team organizing this exciting event. 2016 will be our 3rd year of this Summit.
In 2011, Irit Levy and I published two books, “Mosaic Fine Art Portraits” and “Mosaic Fine Art Abstracts” Both books feature interviews with five professional artists and a gallery of beautiful mosaic art.
In 2014 I helped develop a fun and delicious cookbook “Edible Bits & Pleasing Pieces” which is an International collection of recipes accompanied by mosaic art, produced by Jacqueline Iskander.