Memorial Bench Installation for the Butler Family

On May 18th and 19th, I was in Auburn, Ca for the installation of my second memorial bench. My good friends, Kendall and Eric Butler, lost their son, Justin, five years ago when he was sixteen. I was asked if I wanted to create a bench for them  and of course I said yes, I would be honored. The infinity symbol is an eight turned on it’s side which was Justin’s football number. Kendall loved the whimsical butterflies and dragonflies she had seen on my previous bench and wanted to keep the design simple so that was all we added.  It was such a joy to be able to have Kendall there helping with the installation. We had a great time and she loved it.

All packed and ready to fly to Sacramento.

Unpacked and ready to go to work.

Buddies. We had fun.

Thinset going on the stone.

Laying the glass.


Having fun with thinset.

Kendall helping with the grout.


San Dieguito Art Guild Art in the Garden Tour

Mother’s Day weekend was absolutely beautiful weather and a perfect weekend for the San Dieguito Art Guild’s annual Art in the Garden Tour. There were eight homes in Encinitas and Carlsbad on the tour and there were 6-8 artist’s at each location. I was so fortunate to be at the home of Holly Ripkin with a prime spot by the pool with a gorgeous view of her pool, garden, and the mountains in the distance. This tour has been going on for years and was very well attended. I am happy to say that I had a very successful weekend.

Here are some photos.

The artists

Our wonderful host, Holly.

The garden setting for my work.

The view I had all weekend.

Eileen with her newly purchased mandala.

Annette and Evan Friend with their new mirror.


I’m really looking forward to next year!


SAMA Conference 2017

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) conference was in Detroit this year May 2-6. For the first time ever, I didn’t take any workshops but instead I was a vendor at the, always popular, vendor marketplace. I brought lots of pre cut wedi board shapes as well as handmade tiles. They were a big hit and I almost sold out. One of the best parts was sharing the booth with Ilse Cordoni who is the former owner of the Institute of Mosaic Art. We had such a great time getting to know each other and she was a huge help.

Part of one day I spent touring Detroit on their “people mover”. The Detroit Institute of Arts was a highlight. The largest mural Diego Rivera ever created is there and it spans four walls of an atrium in the museum. It was phenomenal. This is just one wall of it.


The ever popular Mosaic Arts International Show was outstanding as always. Here are some of my favorite pieces from the show.


If you are interested in SAMA, go to their website at and check it out. Next year the conference is in Boston. Can’t wait!