Glassblower Frank Daharsh enjoys working with glass because of its versatility as a medium to express his ideas. Its advantages include transparency and opacity, which allow light to be manipulated through use of color, texture, and layering of multiple colors. Light is reflected, refracted, and can even glow through glass. “I am inspired by other artists and nature’s various forms,” Daharsh says. “I am currently experimenting with alternate methods of embellishments to the glass such as etching and sandblasting.”
Painter Judith Anthony Johnston explores concepts such as spirituality, compassion, faith, honesty and knowledge. She uses color and contrast to serve as a foundation for texture, which she uses to create depth. Combining wax, pigment, oil paint, charcoal, ink, gold leaf and resin, Johnston creates work that allows the viewer to reflect upon meanings that lie below the surface. “My newest work includes adding the human form to my gold leaf work,” she says.
“It is very difficult to draw with gold leaf. Yet the art takes on a life of its own. It teaches me that life changes in a moment, sometimes not in our control.”
J.K. Thorsen has a bold style; very loose and a little undone. She uses any medium necessary to accomplish her goals. In her latest series, including works on paper, she gives us a personal mix of modern paintings while incorporating more earth-friendly materials.