Autumn Reflection at Maroon Lake, 32"x48", 2018
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This landscape is inspired by an amazing
backpacking trip in the Maroon Bells Wilderness back in 2013. The Four
Pass Loop starts and finishes at this location. It is incredible! You
know if you’ve been here.
Just being at this lake, looking at the Bells
framed by the forested cliffs in the clear lake feels like you’ve
already arrived at your destination. But the wilderness that you walk
into is filled with magic around every corner. Crossing each mountain
pass, you feel like you’ve arrived in a new world. How can all these
places be within walking distance.
By the end of the loop, it feels
like you’ve walked through hundreds of the most beautiful postcards and
then you arrive back at one of the most photographed landscapes in the
United States. Being here is a very special experience and leaves
lasting impressions on the visitors.
I hand-cut all the glass.
To create a reflection of the landscape, I created stencils for the larger pieces. I numbered other smaller pieces to to help me keep track of the reflection as I created it.
The mosaic in-progress. All the pieces are taped together so they wouldn't move out of place as I worked.
Here I am adding each new, custom-cut glass piece one at a time.
Tape peeling after gluing the glass onto the substrate. Next came grouting followed by grout-painting.
The framing of the mosaic - the last step.
Here I am with my finished, framed mosaic.