I hold this very strong belief that a more luminescent reality lies beyond the one we normally see. And a glimpse of that reality is captured in my glass paintings.
In my work, I implement the ancient technique of reverse painting. When painting on the back of the glass, the first element painted is the first seen on the other side. I use oil colors, bronze and ink.
At the start of a new work, I normally make a drawing on paper. I need the drawing to support my imagination, but, when drawing, I “see” the whole of the picture I am going to paint, from its beginning to its end. Of course things may change during the process (they often do), but the initial feeling/emotion that had inspired me remains.
The second step is to “put” the drawing on glass: I use black ink.
The third step (not compulsory) is to make accents with either bronze or metal leaf. I then add layers of color, mix them on my palette or directly onto the glass to achieve the effect I am seeking.
Below are images of a work in progress:
The back of the painting looks very different. Here is another example:
That’s all about the technique. The rest is vision, message, imagination and feeling.