Fused glass grabbed Mel's attention several years ago when he commissioned several glass artists to work on a special project. Having attended several art schools a long time ago, he found his creative juices re-energized and eager to explore this incredible medium.
Not knowing a thing about fused glass work, Mel took four classes in a row from Bullseye Glass in Portland, culminating in “Painting with Light.” After that, he said, “I knew I must work in glass.”
Then he stumbled across glass artist Kathleen Sheard, and he was amazed at what she produced. He saw work by Roger Thomas, and took several classes from him. As an admirer of Monet’s impressionism, Mel saw the relationship possibilities between frit (powdered glass) painting and impressionism. He has been developing his technique ever since.
By blending measured quantities of stock colored glass frit together, he us able to create an unlimited palette of custom colored glass frit, sheet and stringer. The paintings flow from this palette of more than 2,000 blends 0f colored glass, with more blends custom created to produce each piece.
Since retirement from his custom cabinet shop, Pacific Design Inc., Mel has been able to focus his creative energy on his glass paintings, sometimes producing a piece per week. Spending a lot of time in the studio causes him to create methods and techniques that he is able to use in the compositions.
Mel has produced several commissioned pieces that are now in collections, and recently was selected by Sisters Gallery and Frame Shop to display in their gallery. Living in Central Oregon with the spectacular beauty of this place gives Mel constant inspiration for creating fused glass paintings.
With an art filled home on the banks of the Deschutes River, and a purpose built studio/shop just yards away, Mel is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of art and glass. He thinks of himself as an art experience encourager as he knows first hand the impact that creativity has made in his life.
To learn more about Mel, his work, and upcoming events, we encourage you to visit his website.
Driving Directions to my Home Studio at
7910 NW Grubstake Way, Redmond, OR 97756:
• From Highway 126, 5 miles west of Redmond, go North on Helmholtz and go to the end at Coyner.
• Turn left of Coyner.
• Turn right on Odin Falls Way, then right on 62nd, which becomes Homestead..
• Turn right on 66th and the left on Grubstake Way.
• The gate will be closed, use gate code #9033 to enter.