Mosaics found me back in 2004 with a simple bag of glass and a pair of nippers from a friend. Extremely passionate from the start, and with a background in art, I immersed myself in the study of traditional mosaic technique using many different styles and materials. I started Rainbow Mosaics in 2005, and was fortunate to find SAMA right away. I knew I wanted an organization dedicated to the beauty and excellence of mosaic art, and after attending the annual conference in Washington, D.C., I knew I had found my tribe.
Attending the conference was such a rewarding experience. Getting to meet so many talented artists from around the world and make new, life-long friends was unforgettable. For the next six years, I attended every conference and enjoyed taking workshops and participating in all the wonderful activities SAMA has to offer. Year after year, I met new people and gained such valuable knowledge.
In 2006, I was a vendor at the Chicago Vendor Marketplace, as I had just acquired a beautiful collection of vintage Denwar glazed ceramic tiles that I wanted to showcase. A great experience and a fabulous way to meet so many talented artists. At the SAMA conference in Mesa, AZ, 2007, I won the grand prize raffle—a trip to take a class at the Orsoni School in Venice, Italy. I had been passionate about smalti and wanting to study its use for many years. Prior to leaving, I created the Asian Garden mosaic, to see where my talents lie, and in 2008, it was selected to be in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition in Miami, FL.