Viewers often ask glass artist Paul Messink if he embeds photographs in his work. No. Not even close.
North Avenue Beach, Chicago, 9 layers
While the work looks like it might include photographs, the Illinois artist actually paints images onto several layers of glass. He applies enamel by hand, creating depth by layering, diminishing size and color, texture and translucence in each of the 9-12 layers needed to complete one panel. The layers are then kiln-cast to form one solid layer.
Misty Road, 9 layers
Solitude, 6 layers
Light Rain, 9 layers
“Looking at nature for inspiration, I create scenes which often include bare trees. I like bare trees because of their minimalism, and because they reveal a great deal of character.”
Forest in Fog, 9 layers
The trees enveloped in fog give me a quiet place to rest my eyes; my mind slows a bit; my heart finds a moment of much needed peace. Many thanks to Paul for a peaceful start to my day. . .