Meet the Artist

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Janie was born in Los Angeles but has always been more engaged by nature than the bustling city. In 1991, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where life evolved toward a draw to nature and its wonders; in addition to a strong attachment to hearth and home. Kayaking, hiking, raising chickens, and creating a naturalist backyard garden that boasts constant bird, bee and hopping wildlife have provided ongoing inspiration. Snorkeling and scuba diving  in tropical waters lead to an appreciation of the endless colors and movement of ocean wildlife.   

Janie’s work as an acute care nurse practitioner in vascular surgery gave her the opportunity to grow in her compassion for others. She learned to manage their wounds while giving them the healing distractions of conversation and laughter. She now operates a mobile foot care service to clients’ homes in her community part time. This holistic approach in her care of patients carries through all aspects of her life and art.

Her experiences of nature, both above and below the sea, have informed Janie’s craft. She strives to express the beauty of the natural world through glass art forms including fusing, mosaic, and flameworking. In addition to the soulful joy of translating a vision in her mind’s eye through fire and glass into a piece of art to behold, she has a

deep desire to share that vision with others and shape spaces within the home that reflect personal comfort. Whether it be large scale indoor mosaic installations, outdoor garden art, or personal adornment, she believes that the exquisite colors and movement of the nature have a place to warm our home and adorn our bodies.

Janie first began her flameworking in 1997, creating and selling hand crafted jewelry, cabinet knobs, and wine bottle stoppers. In a  seemingly random event, (a side project in 2011 to “make a little mosaic table”), the Universe lead her into the hands of Claire Barnett, owner of Seattle Mosaic Arts. It was here that the “quick project” lead to two new loves – mosaic and glass fusing. Now it has become the center of her personal work, aptly named “Glasspassions.” Her focus is bringing the influence of Nature into home decor and personal adornment, often combining the fusing or flameworking technique into the mosaics.  She now teaches fusing classes and workshops in Seattle.

Education

Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley CA | Seattle Mosaic Arts, Seattle WA | Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle WA | Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland WA | San Diego State University, CA | Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles CA

Community Works

Glass Jewelry Donations for Charity Fundraising | Prime Time Youth Camp, Yakima WA | St. Joseph’s Grade School, Seattle WA | Beginning Beadmaking Class | Orion Center, Seattle WA | Seattle Hill Elementary, Seattle WA | Participation in various community & private projects, Seattle Mosaic Arts