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I work towards recognizing the miraculous in every moment. My artistic process experiences and gently portrays this connection and interaction.

Working with hand-crafted components, I let the imagery speak it’s own direction. Honoring the limitations within the process, my mosaics are primarily made from cut, broken, fused and cast glass as well as ceramic forms. Commonly found objects such as metal tool remnants or stones may call out to be included. I am intrigued by the possibilities of many medias being incorporated into mosaic work and consistently explore new materials and possibilities.

Mosaics touch the joy within me, whether I am creating them or viewing the work of other artists.

My work can be seen locally at the Albuquerque Botanic Garden’s Dragonfly Sanctuary, the Range Cafes, Accion, Rust Medical Center and other businesses and schools in New Mexico. I involved community in Norman, Oklahoma while creating a large public art mosaic for the Norman Arts Council. I co-directed the seventy foot long Placitas, mosaic mural, Protect Our Wildlife Corridors which involved hundreds of community members, raising awareness of New Mexico’s indigenous animals and their need to travel to maintain genetic viability.


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Permanent Mosaic Installations in Public Locations

2016 Norman Oklahoma Arts Council 14’x6’ mosaic with community participation. Lions Park
2015 Homewise Tessarae Development, Santa Fe, N.M. Garden flagstones
2015 Range Cafe, Montgomery Blvd. Alb. North room fireplace.
2012 Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque N.M.: Donor Recognition Mural, Student Center.
2011-2013 Rust Medical Center, Rio Rancho, N.M.: Chapel mosaics and Garden Tiles.
2011 Albuquerque Botanic Gardens Dragonfly Sanctuary: Mosaic Panel
2008 -12 Placitas Community Mural, Protect Our Wildlife Corridors. Visionary and co-coordinator of 70 foot long mosaic. Placitas Recycling Center Wall, Placitas, N.M.:
2010 Placitas Community Library: Outdoor Sign
2008   Accion New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Plaque.
2008   The Range Cafe, Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque, N.M. : Fireplace.
2006  Office of Jennifer Ridgeway, D.D.S., Albuquerque, N.M. : Decorative Mural.
2006   Accion New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Plaque.
2006 Amy Biehl High School, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Plaque. 
2005 Office of Dr. Jennifer Ridgeway, D.D.S., Albuquerque, N.M. : Decorative Murals.
2005 The Range Cafe., Wyoming Blvd., Albuquerque, N.M. : Decorative Murals.
2004 Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, N.M. : Donor Recognition Mural, Student Center.
2004 The Range Cafe, Menaul Blvd., Albuquerque, N.M. : Interior border design. 
2003 The Atomic Grill, Santa Fe, N.M. : Pizza Oven/Fireplace.
2002 The Range Cafe and Lizard Lounge, Bernalillo, N.M.: Fireplace.
2001 Bosque School, Albuquerque, N.M. : Donor Recognition Mural, Peggy Findlay Fine Arts Center.
2001  Bosque School, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Mural, Gerald and Betty Ford Library.
2000  Bosque School, Albuquerque, N.M.: Donor Recognition Mural, 23 Acre Club. 
  Administration Building.

PRIVATE HOMES   Forty six individuals have commissioned mosaics for their homes. Most are viewable upon request. Individual pieces in the Glass Collection of Jerry Silverstein and Bob Silverman, Santa Fe, NM. as well as many other private collectors.

Awards
2012 Juror Recognition Award Glass Alliance New Mexico and Mill Fine Art, Santa Fe.
2011 Globalquerque Music Festival Poster Art
2007 Award: Originals 2007 Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
  New Mexico Women in the Arts/ National Museum of Women in the Arts
2007 Las Placitas Association Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding service to the Community
2002    Award: Best In Show, New Mexico Potters Association, Harwood Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Published
2013 Green Fire Times June Cover. Bosque Panel of Placitas Community Mosaic Mural.
(Laura Robbins lead artist-many other artists contributed.)
2012 Mosaic Art Today Schiffer Publishing Ltd. (pages 194-199)
2011 The Rio Rancho Observer November 16th
2011 Eclectica on-line literary magazine. November Issue
2011 Local IQ, March 24-April 6 Marquee, (Page 5)
2010 Albuquerque Sunday Journal Arts, December 19th. (Page F1)
2010 Sandoval SignPost. September Featured Artist
2009 Range Cafe Cookbook by Matt DiGreggory and Tom Fenton. (Pages 39, 40.)
2009 June 14th Sunday Arts Albuquerque Journal. Large photo of mosaic backsplash
wrongly attributed to another artist. (Page 1)
2007      Su Casa Magazine   April 2007  (Pages 74-77)
2004      Cover of Blue Mesa Review, Sixteen, UNM Literary Magazine.
2003      Creative Garden Mosaics by Jill Mackay, Lark Books. Page 49.

Recent Shows
June 2016 Curator of Water -Mosaic Artists New Mexico New Grounds, Albq. Group show.
January 2016 Matrix Fine Art New Group Show
November 2015 Placitas Artist Series Group Show
March 2015 Museum of Biblical Art Dallas Texas Group Show
May 2015 Placitas Studio Tour
November 2014 Singapore Affordable Art Fair/ represented by Matrix Fine Art
September 2014 Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, N.M. Two Person Show
July-Sept. 2014 Curator and participant of Pieces of the Whole
Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center Gallery Group Show
November 2013 Placitas Artist Series, Placitas, NM 3 person show
August 2013 Public Project Silver City Clay Festival- Placitas Community Mosaic.
Laura Robbins and Cirrelda Snider-Bryan lead artists.
July 2013 Alluvial - Albuquerque Open Space Gallery Group Show
May 2013 Seeds: A Collective Voice Art Exhibit Group Show
November Placitas Artist Series, NM 2 person show
October 2012 Albuquerque Museum Miniatures and More Group Show
September 2012 Taos Art Glass Invitational Group Show
September 2012 Abstract Show at Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque Group Show
August 2012 New Mexico Contemporary Glass Invitational Mill Fine Art, Santa Fe Group Show
July 2012 Red Boot Gallery Bernalillo, NM Group Show
July 2012 Arte de Placitas Placitas, N.M. Group Show
June 2012 Santa Fe Community Gallery Elements Group Show
April 2012 Albuquerque Museum Shaken Not Stirred Group Show
February 2012 516 Gallery (Alb., NM) New Mexico Showcase Group Show
February 2012 Matrix Fine Art, Alb. N.M. Group Show
October 2011 Albuquerque Museum Miniatures and More Group Show
September 2011 Las Cruces Museum of Art From the Ground Up Group Show
April 2011 Gallery 105 Albuquerque, N.M. 3 Artist Group Show
May 2010/2011/2013 Placitas Studio Tour N.M. Open Studio
November 2010 Gallery 105 Albuquerque, N.M. Group Show
November 2010 Placitas, N.M. Community Library One Person Show
August 2010 Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, N.M. One Person Show
November 2010 Lessedra Gallery, Bulgaria
December 2009 Red Dot Art Fair Miami, Fla. Represented by Matrix Fine Art

Education
BFA Major in Printmaking, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Printmaking Award
MS in Education, Specialty in Environmental Education, Queens College, N.Y.
Honors

Additional Information
Resident of New Mexico since 1975 (except for when studying for MA in New York.) Teacher from 1985-2003. Founding art teacher of Bosque School, Albuquerque. Early mosaic experimentation with many hundreds of student mosaics. 2002 Student Display of Mosaic Fish at the Outdoor Courtyard of Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Gardens Education Center. Previously an etcher (NM Arts and Crafts Fair Purchase Award 1976 - displayed 2009 in a retrospective at the Albuquerque Museum.)