“Looking for Love: the Love-bug Story”
January 2018 - Cherie Bosela
She is inspired by the lush natural scenery that surround her and her travels. She tries to capture the essence of the moment, to express something that made an impact on her. She takes these photographs and recreate them into a mosaic using stained glass, beads, millefiori, smalti and her original photography under the glass, giving life back to that little moment and giving the experience to all who pass it. She loves using many different textures in her work. She starts with a photograph or a collage of many different photographic images. Then, she will add a layer of paint (metallic paint and glitter are her favorite) to accentuate certain aspects of the image. Next, she adds the glass over top the painted photograph; sometimes creating patterns in the glass to play off the images in the photographs and sometimes using the grout lines in between the glass pieces to outline the shapes of the image. She incorporates many different sizes, shapes, colors and textures of glass to the surface to capture her one of a kind vision of these moments.
Her artwork has been included in exhibits at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, 1st Thursdays at the Orlando Museum of Art, Mayor’s Gallery in Orlando’s City Hall, and CityArts Factory, just to name a few. And you can also see her at several of the local art festivals. She has won several awards for her mosaic artwork. She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and served on the Board of Trustees for 3 years.
Her studio space is in Orlando, which is also her business, Luna Mosaic Arts. She hosts mosaic artists from all over the US to teach workshops and she sells mosaic supplies there. In addition to creating hanging artwork, she can create custom mosaic installation work for your home or business.