Cathy TAYLOR – Mosaics
Original works of art created by interpreting the world around me with imagination and bits of glass and clay.
The beauty found in nature is my inspiration. My creative process has spurred my interest in photography and my photos are taken with the intent of replicating them in a mosaic. I enjoy the challenge of producing pieces that represent images of nature and my surroundings, which give a sense of serenity and simplicity. My goal is to paint with glass in an impasto, fluid style of the Impressionists.
One of the most fascinating things I find about mosaics is that the interpretation of the art form is infinite. It also allows for the use of so many beautiful and unorthodox materials as a medium.
Drawn to the world of mosaic art in 2005, I believe I have evolved from the craft of mosaics to the art of mosaics. I have studied with North American and European masters to learn and refine my style. My art education has been done on a Post Secondary Continuing Education Basis. My main resource for courses locally are Sir Sandford Fleming College/ Haliburton School of the Arts and Dundas Valley School of the Arts. I have furthered my specific interest and study of Mosaics through my association with the American Society of Mosaic Artists. I spent 5 weeks in Belgium and Italy in Spring 2015 to further develop my techniques and appreciation for the ancient art form. I continue to take inspiration from my “Mosaic Idols”. Giulio Menossi, for his exacting replications of portraits, John Sollinger, for his beautiful organic landscapes, Mireille Swinnen, for her textural use of smalti, and Carol Shelkin for her creative use of colour.