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

Secondary reference:
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.