Dog in Tree (window commission)

This post shows a series of images of one of my most recent installation commissions. The client is a gallery owner, from White Dog Studio Gallery in beautiful Whistler B.C.

She was a very gracious client, and knows my work well, since she represents me in her gallery. She knows I love blue trees and she likes my style.

Her requests were for a blue tree, to represent the tree that this new coloured window would be removing from view. She wanted privacy on the lower part of her window, since that part of the view was of the neighbours doorway. I totally get that part, since I live in a very private place myself.

 Also requested was an image of her beloved dog Luna in the piece somewhere.


Luna is a fluffy white Samoyed dog. The client didn't ask for the dog to be standing on a tree branch.  That was my idea! Also requested was some hearts, which I put in to represent leaves hanging from the tree.  And a stylized mountain or two, since she lives and loves in the mountains.

It fit into the window opening beautifully, and it even lined up with the real life tree in the view, as you can see in the 3rd image below.

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Fused Glass Window Commission 36"x39"


Looking down!


After the installation


Close-up of Luna Dog detail


Birds and hearts in fused glass.


First glass pieces going into place.

The Elephant in the Garden (part 2)

I am very excited to finally share these pix with you ALL!

Lord Ganesha project completed and safely ensconced in his new hOMe.



Fused glass and steel Ganesha and us in our home.


It took me a bit of time to go through and gather the images and do the editing. I have had many projects leaving my studio in the last while and taking the time to post about them and share the details takes time!


Lord Ganesha was honoured and welcomed into his new garden home in a beautiful Puja (prayer) ceremony that included the pouring of milk, water, sandalwood paste over the form of the fused glass and steel Ganesha sculpture.


You can see and read more about the ceremony with Pandit Tejomaya at Yoga Sadhana Mandir here.

I am grateful and honoured to have been asked to create this powerful symbol in fused glass and welded steel. Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles

We have been connected to Ganesha ever since we went to India several years ago, where he is revered as a Lord.

Om Ganapataya Namaha



Steel and fused glass Ganesh with Cricket Cat!


Detail pic of beautiful metal work and face detail.


Lord Ganesha's consort, a mouse.


Just me and Lord Ganesha in our home, before he leaves for his new home at Yoga Sadhana Mandir.



Ganesha in his new garden home at Yoga Sadhana Mandir.


Pandit Tejomaya and my metalworker and partner Ode Howard and me in the temple garden after the puja ceremony.



A Brilliant Orca Finish! (thank you)

A pictorial of an epic day!

Delivery of fused glass and steel commission:

1. We arrive on site, a beautiful seaside location. (I was feeling very excited and kinda anxious)


We arrive on location with the full fused glass and steel orca panel.


2. Ode begins the measuring and leveling of hooks. Thank you Ode for your calm nature! The clients were also very calm. Big breath for me....ahhhhh.


Measurements and levels come out!


3. Consulting/planning.


Consulting during the process. We worked it out as we went along.


4. Installing the fused glass panels! yay! my favourite part. I was so excited to see this majestic orca in her home!


Installing the fused glass panels in the steel frame. Easiest part!


5. More installation and messing about. (not sweating as much any more...feeling calmer!)


Installing the fused glass panels in the steel frame. Easiest part!


6. Sweet RELIEF!'s all working out.


Feeling some relief that things are working out! ahhhhhh.......


7. Complete!


Fused glass and steel orca panel with fused glass buffalo sculpture below.


8. Us with the finished piece, installed. I was not able to convince the clients to pose with their new piece. boo...maybe next time! D and M?


Viola! all done!!!!! with my fused glass and steel buffalo skull in place as well.

Sharing Space (with a glass Orca)

What does a commission process look like?


Initial drawing in watercolour  for fused glass commission


As you may know from seeing previous posts here I have been happily and excitedly working on a fused glass commission piece for a sea side home.

The overall panel, divided into 3 segments, is framed in steel, and measures 23" tall by 68" long.


Assembled cut sheet glass with powders and frits ready to fuse in glass kiln.


These pix show some of the process as I play with the orca imagery in paint, felt pen. I also created with orca imagery in a couple of trial size fused glass panels you can see here.


2 Side panels of fused glass commission ready to go in the kiln for fusing.


This process developed over the space of a few months.

Sometimes large commissions can take several months from start to finish, depending on how busy my studio is and what is the timeline for the project.   Sometimes it waits for a renovation to be completed, or a new house to be finished.


Side panel with seaweed and waves in glass ready to fuse in kiln.


I like to have time to mull things over, for the project to have some breathing room in my head before it takes life in glass, wood or steel.  I am fast "muller" at times also. It is variable.


Fully fused main panel in fused glass orca whale commission piece. 24"x18"


“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

I love it when a project FLOWS like this one did. Stay tuned for pix of the finished piece on my next post!


Creating a Commission Piece (the process)

I just delivered this large commission to a new home in the BIG city a couple of weeks ago! It was a pretty cool project to work are a few pix of the process...this project took several months from the 1st time the client contacted me to when the piece was successfully installed. I do not have any images of the full install, just the day we delivered....the piece was eventually supported off the floor in the opening, you will have to use your imagination.
I am very happy to have completion on this one!
cartoon of idea

starting to cut the glass
pre fusing with  powders showing
the whole panel on my glass table
my woodworker, Ode Howard
staining the wood framework
in my studio with Cricket Cat

being held in the location of installation

me and the glass panel