In 2012, I visited Yellowstone National Park for the first time. I spent a week hiking, observing and feeling the magic of the park. I took photos as I explored the various landscapes.
I hand picked all the glass for this project, searching out for the right patterns and colors that would evoke the feeling of looking at the details of the canyon walls blending together in the distance.
I hiked along the canyon rim and looked down at the rushing river in the distance. I hiked through the rolling hills, watching the white water flowing through and shaping the landscape around me.
I wanted to show both that lovely turquoise hue that I was fascinated by as well as the strength of the white water.
In the sky I wanted to express light, wispy clouds weaving in and out between a lovely colored blue sky. The canyon walls that shoot down and meet the river are mighty and steep. The water mists them as it runs its course. As it passes, it gives life and creates a unique ecosystem along the canyon walls where moss, shrubs and trees grow.
Looking further toward the waterfall, the details start blending in, the colors are blended creating abstract compositions in this natural landscape. Further above the waterfall, is a forest filled with big trees. Of course from a distance they are tiny, coming together to be a large patch of dark green. But in my mosaic, I chose to highlight them just as the trees that are in the foreground, giving each one just as much value.
The grouting process, for me, is one of the most exciting parts of working on my mosaic art. It is a that final touch that unifies all the pieces and is a common thread through out the composition. It is the grand reveal.
Above I am polishing the mosaic, removing the final film of grout to reveal the shiny glass.
It may be difficult to imagine the scale of this work. Seeing it next to me is a great size comparison plus it gives a glimpse of the frame.