Mosaics open my art into a whole new realm, a visual yet tactile 3 dimensional connection. I start out with an idea, then comes the exciting discovery as the unknown potential as the piece of art emerges. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes geometric. My material ranges from glass, scrap tile, broken dishes and unusual objects, to shells and pieces of the natural world. I enjoy upcycling objects, giving them new life and meaning in the world. Hours are spent sorting and cutting before I even begin constructing a piece. For me it becomes a meditative process, where artist and art share a creative dialogue. Mosaic art should engages the viewers senses: visual, tactile and emotional by stimulating the imagination. When that happens I know I have achieve my goal. Lake Mermaid in progress.Here is a piece of work in progress. 18x36 constructed for outside or inside, on concrete board edges wrapped in copper, Lake Ontario rock, driftwood, shells, stained glass and mirror.