“I’ve been a worrier, a “what if” person, ever since I was a kid. When I am creating mosaic art I am lifted out of any lingering despair, or loneliness, or fear, to reside in a world where I can make mundane pieces; shards of glass, broken jewelry, discarded china, stones, tiles, beads fit together to form new colorful, shimmering works of art. It feels almost magical. The endless opportunities in the materials I can use for certain effects is invigorating. The enduring nature of the materials lend a permanence to the art, which I find dependable and reassuring. The art is sturdy and everlasting. I feel a sense of joy and peace, knowing lost remnants can be puzzled together to make them whole and beautiful and alive again.”