I began drawing animal portraits as a child – mostly pencil sketches of horses. Later, I started drawing my pets – dogs, horses and bunnies – using other mediums such as watercolor, chalk pastels, silk painting, and pen and ink. I developed an interest in stained glass mosaics because of the beauty of the glass.
When my dog Murphy passed away, I wanted to do something special in celebration of his life and how he had touched my life in a way only a dog can. I took up stained glass, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided I would share it with others by doing portraits of their pets.
I use shards of glass that I nip into obscure pieces using tile nippers. I then meticulously place and glue each piece to a clear piece of glass to create each image. I complete the image by grouting the spaces between the glass shards.
Phographer Julie Baldwin
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