Please join me and my sister, Cheryl Chapman (aka Silly Dog Art Glass), at Twigs Gallery in Sisters, Oregon this Friday, April 22, 4-7 pm at our reception for our show. Our work will be up until May 26 in the gallery which is part of the Stitchin' Post. Many of the small animal embroideries that I showed yesterday will be there, as will some improv pieces and a few larger pieces.
While we don't specifically collaborate on work, we do share ideas and inspiration and some of our pieces are directly related to something the other has made.
Cheryl is a glass artist specializing in reverse painted fused glass. Here's her Artist Statement:
"I am a glass enamel artist. I use finely powdered glass enamels mixed with water based or oil based mediums to paint onto glass. The majority of my paintings are done in a reverse process onto the back of clear glass. Each piece is fired multiple times in the kiln to cure the enamels as well as to change the glass, rounding it and forming it to the final product. I feel that the clear glass is simply a unique substructure for my artwork and allows my paintings to become more than just drawings – they become unique and one of a kind tiles, bowls and plates - functional art in most cases
My art imagery is influenced by nature and whimsy. I constantly feel the need to express the fun and beauty I see around me. I love to include all sorts of animals in my work, mostly focusing on birds, dogs and cats. Owls are a particular draw for me as well as other backyard birds. Feathers, trees and flowers are also prominent in my drawings.
I draw my ideas in a way that is unique to the final outcome of my glass paintings. The techniques that I employ for my enamel painting on glass are unique to this medium and so my drawings are more than just sketches – they are specific and detailed renderings of what I will trace onto the glass. My work does not hold some other-worldly meaning to me. It is simply a way to express my love of nature, fun and animals and I hope it puts a smile on your face."
This will be the first time we've shown our work together and we are pretty excited about it! I hope to see you there!