I was dragged into doing mosaics. Not willingly… it was Liz’s thing. I did my oil painting, and found object sculptures, she did her multi-media and mosaics.
But the deadline was crashing down on the AtlantiCare mural, 56-foot long, 10-foot high. She had an apprentice assisting, but I was dragged in screaming and kicking. By the end, I was hooked.
I brought in the next commercial job… a friend asked us to do murals for an adult retirement center. I talked him into tripling the stipend, and we installed a three-panel permanent installation.
We did a two-panel install after that, and taught classes in Key West. I did a really cool class with high school art students after that. Since then, we solicit public art projects. The best thing about this is getting paid for doing what we love.
What do you do with an old table that has really no purpose? Mosaic it!
I focused on geometric patterns on this first table. I based the background on nature… sky, earth.
Wood is tricky to mosaic on… it expands and contracts based on humidity. The terrazzo has to be adhered with mastic. Sanded grout is best.
The other table I did was a crappy pine end table. It was so ugly, no amount of refinishing or paint would have helped it.
One year during Artists Open Studio Tours I didn’t feel like painting. When I paint I get covered with oil paint and turpentine and linseed oil. And my paintings often do not make sense until they are completed. So I decided to mosaic an ugly old table.
Again, geometric designs ruled. Just call me lazy.
Raritan Valley Community College Mosaic Mural… Liz had completed one solo mosaic at the AtlantiCare women’s facility and we worked together on a triptych for the Maurice River Senior Center and a diptych for the Gloucester County Health Department before we landed this project.
The Raritan Valley Community College is located in Somerset, NJ. They wanted a showcase entrance tot he Performing Arts Center.
We completed this 27-foot long mural in just under two weeks, in the heat of the August sun. The mural was accented by ceramic pieces created by students of the arts department. We were assisted by a student, Laura Ilsley. She remains good friends with us to this day.
This was our final large scale installation in New Jersey, we soon relocated to Arizona.