kayaking

Joe is a kayak instructor, takes frequent camping trips by kayak, and always tries to carry a camera. So far, his trusty Canon D10 Power Shot has lived up to its claim of being Joe-proof.

 
Orcas Island

Capturing the light on Orcas Island

 
jones island

Photograph that was the basis for a mosaic Joe made in November 2012, Jones Island.

 
mosaic studio

Part-time mosaic studio in Wisconsin. Joe has added to his father's collection of Italian smalti, some of which dates back to the 1950's.

 
mosaic studio

Smalti comes precut and has a very unique texture and reflective quality.

 
mosaic studio

Joe works primarily in sheet (stained) glass. He uses a glass cutting knife and clippers to create the requisite shapes.

 
fish

Growing up fishing on lake Michigan, Joe loved the taxidermy trout and salmon found on the walls of bait shops and local taverns. He has never had a catch stuffed himself, but his mosaic fish are a tribute to that tradition. These days Joe does most of his fishing from a kayak. Here's an article he wrote about kayak fishing that appeared in Sea Kayaker Magazine.

 
sketching

Sketching the shape. Joe searches lumber yards and carpentry shops to source frames and substrate. Sometimes the knots and grain of the wood influence the subject selection and final image.

 
first tiles

With the first anchoring tiles, Joe makes the decisions that determine the palette, flow and texture of the image.

 
filling in

The patterns are set and further elaborated.

 
nearly complete mosaic

Nearing completion, any remaining aesthetic problems become apparent. At this stage, big chunks may get ripped out and re-imagined.

 
complete mosaic

Almost finished. With some images, grouting helps unify the image.

 
starting the next

While the grout and glue dry, Joe is on to the next piece.

 
bullets