It all started with mosaic mirrors and shelves. My first attempt at entering the mosaic world as a bonafide artist was to peddle my wares at the local outdoor market place. My friend and I shared a booth and sold mosaic shelves, stepping stones, hooks and framed mirrors. The shelves and mirrors seemed to be the big seller there. Everyone seemed to like when form met function. Finally I sold a mosaic mirror to a woman who told me I should apply for this job as an artist assistant. The applications were due the next day so I scrambled together a resume and portfolio and applied just in the nick of time. I didn’t get the job and was crushed, but then later the artist called me and offered me $500 to teach some mosaic workshops in the park. 100 hours of work later, I got my foot in the door for having worked on my first public art project. I’m glad I mosaicked that mirror!
In the summer of 2006 I began experimenting with mosaics as hangable art. At first, I called them 2-D mosaics but then I began adding 3-D elements that poked out so now I just call them hanging or hangable mosaics. Most of them have Hardibacker (cement fiber board) for the base with hanging hardware (D hooks and wire) screwed and glued into the back. Others may be Hardibacker inserted into a wooden frame and some are on particle board or Masonite. Around this same time I began to explore abstract mosaics as well as cartoony figures like robots and rats. If you commission me to do a portrait, or a sign it would most likely come in this hang-able form. All you need is a good wall stud because the big ones can be heavy!