Join The Party 17" x 24"
Handmade ceramics, unglazed porcelain, dishes, mirror, & glass on a hand built, cement based, substrate
Portrait Commissions are created from photographs. It's important to start with a great image of your subject. Examples below show a bit of what goes into the process of creating your portrait. Whether I use Italian Smalti, stained glass, dishes, or a combination of materials for your portrait, it's sure to be unique and packed with expression!
When contacting me regarding your customized work, please provide a bit of information in an email, so that I can give you an accurate estimate for your portrait. Here are some suggestions as to what to include in your message.
~ Reference photo (or several)
~ A detail or two about your subject, likes/hobbies/favorite things, that you'd like me to think about & incorporate into the artwork to further personalize it.
~ Your budget (this guides me in choosing materials & other design considerations)
please allow minimum 6-8 weeks for completion & delivery
I look forward to hearing from you & make every effort to respond quickly.
"Your packing is second to none, it must have taken ages in itself to wrap."
Gila Mosaics Portrait Commissions
The portrait on a stick that he's holding was inspired by these cupcake decorations!
Portraits are my passion, I look forward to bringing yours to life!
"So beautiful I'm awestruck!
It takes me back to childhood, when I converted the old washer/dryer box into a brand new home, complete with windows (ah the mirrors) , in the middle of our front yard!
I truly love this masterpiece, Gila! It reminds me of the freedom I was given to be creative when I was just a kid, and the freedom that creativity gives to each of us as we mature! What an exquisite creation it is!!!"
~ Mike Ryon, (portrait subject)
Portraits are my passion!
I look forward to bringing yours to life!
Just Email a photo to get started
I make every effort to respond quickly.
Primary reference: Artist, Mike Ryon
"She's even more fabulous in the flesh,
I can't stop looking at her, moreover, touching her. Exquisite use of materials, & those glasses are just superb, the reflections are a stroke of genius! The wait has been rewarded a millionfold. I will treasure her for the rest of my life, my first art purchase too."
Much love, Janice
Reflection 12" x 12"
Various types of glass, hand painted Japanese saucer, copper beads, gold mirror, black & blue grout
These examples show how I take a photo and turn it into a one of a kind, uniquely personalized mosaic.
Just a few photos can help me tell a larger story. The more information I have about my subjects, the more memory inducing elements I can incorporate into the mosaic, making it that much more personal.
detail - work in progress
~ 1st of 2 grout colors applied. Using both light and dark grout colors, I was able to emphasizes the subject and allow the background to gently recede.
~ The "reflection" in her glasses was a great opportunity to use "memory ware" to reflect a story.
~ The small pearl on her ring, adds a nice textural 3d element.
Holding the "cupcake" portrait, Gila shows just how small it is!
2.5" x 2" - stained glass on wood
Mothers 10" x 8"
Italian smali & vitreous glass
I loved working with this clearly defined black & white photo from the 50's. The absence of color in the original, allowed me to compose their skin tones to illuminate their beautiful smiles.