Mel’s retirement brought him time to pursue his passion of fine art. Having been exposed to the art of fused glass while commissioning glass artists to work on projects for his cabinet clients, he was able to continue his exploration of using fused glass as a painterly medium.
With Mel’s love of the Impressionism style of art work, he envisioned images could be produced with glass but needed a vastly expanded colored glass palette. Spending over 6 yrs developing techniques for custom blends of Bullseye factory colors, creating the ability to make small multicolored glass sheets and finally accumulating over 2000 small tubs of custom mixed and crushed glass “frit”, Mel began to realize his vision of creating paintings using glass.
Mel “paints” with glass, nothing but glass. Landscapes scenes are assembled of many individually made elements, positioned together on a sheet of white glass and fired to 1485 degrees. This is fusing. This process is repeated several times, as many as 6 times, as the completed painting slowly comes together.
Fusible, colored art glass is comparatively new in the world as an art medium. Developed by Bullseye Glass of Portland in the late 1970’s, fusible glass is widely used by glass artists all over the world. Very few glass artists have taken the time to develop custom blended formulas and techniques that enable Mel to “paint” with glass. Mel’s work was recognized in 2006 as a top 20 “emerging artist” in Bullseye Glass’ international biannual competition, “Emerge”. It was a very simple image of a pear, composed of hundreds of bits of custom colored glass, giving shape and shadow to the image. Since that humble beginning, Mel has gone on to compose intricate landscapes and lately, still life paintings, as he constantly expands the boundaries of what this amazing material is capable of.
See this show at The Cindy and Duncan Campbell Gallery, located inside the Sisters Art Works Building, 204 W. Adams Avenue, Sisters, OR 97759.
Terri was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, graduating from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in art education. After a long career in law enforcement and safety, she spent the last few years concentrating on her love of painting. Terri was an instructor in her own private studio as well as at the North East Community Center in the Hollywood district of Portland for eight years. Many of her paintings have been turned into greeting cards, calendars and fine art prints. She has been featured in the tabletop hardbound book “Pacific Northwest Artists.”
Terri is currently a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Oregon Society of Artists, Dry Canyon Artists of Central Oregon, the Sisters Art Association and the Lake Area Artists. She is a former member of Buffalo Grass Society of Artists and Color Fusion. She has exhibited her work at the Belinki Gallery, W’East Book and Gallery (Welches), the gift shop at the Oregon Zoo and numerous shows in various Oregon locales.
Terri had regular viewings of her work at the Audubon Wild Arts show, The Buffalo Grass Show, the Wine and Arts Festival of Welches, The Astoria Crab and Wine Festival, The Heritage House Holiday Festival and the Fine Arts Festival of Creativity for Calvin Presbyterian Church of Tigard, Lake Area Artists at the Lakewood Theater and most recently Eagle Crest Art on the River at Eagle Crest Resort. Her work has been purchased by clients from all over the country and outside its’ boundaries.
Terri currently lives and paints in Central Oregon near Redmond. In Central Oregon, Terri’s greeting cards are carried at Herringbone Books in Redmond and Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters. As a member of the Sisters Art Association, Terri has participated in the annual SAA ART Studio Tour.