Tell us about yourself!
I was born in Seattle, Washington, which was a lucky place to be after the founding of Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and the Glass Art Society. In the decades that I have worked in glass, I have benefitted from friendships with many other artists and the opportunities for technical education that are offered here. The impetus to work with glass started in my childhood. I grew up in an old house with stained glass windows.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I paint on glass to create imagery, looking for that emotional and spiritual impact transmitted light through colored glass can make. Often my subject matter is difficult to absorb, but using light and color helps viewers to respond to the message.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My themes have changed over the years. I now work in the genre of visual midrash, which requires studying Jewish texts and then making art which is a visual interpretation of the text. Both art and meaning have equal emphasis and intentionality, which is a challenging and rewarding way to work.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I used to make my living analyzing chromosomes. Lab work provides handy knowledge for an artist. I’ve spent my life with one foot in the biological sciences and the other in the arts.
Why are you a member of GAS?
There are so many ways to handle glass and so many new ideas. GAS allows me to keep informed of what other artists are doing with the medium. I know I would miss that stimulation without the connection GAS brings to me.
See more of Nancy's work here