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My mosaic artwork creates a vivid, textural connection to nature.  I create mosaics with stained glass, stone and my favorite material: the original mosaic glass of Venice known as smalti. This intensely colored material is hand-cut with the traditional tools of  hammer and hardie, then placed directly onto the panel with no grout, for a dimensional effect.

For me, mosaic artwork represents permanence and tradition.  Works in this ancient medium, when properly executed, have the potential to last for hundreds of years even in outdoor and architectural applications.  The highly technical nature of the medium engages my left brain, which has to play along with my right, creating pieces that are both functionally sound and aesthetically compelling.

The pieces of a mosaic are known as tesserae, and when they are placed in a thoughtful way the resulting “flow” is known as andamento.  Finding andamento is my constant quest.

I discovered the mosaic medium after decades of creating intricate landscapes in pen and ink, exhibiting throughout the Northwest and completing an artist residency at Glacier National Park.

'Summer Fruit: Raspberries'

‘Summer Fruit: Raspberries’

Much of my subject matter is drawn from the natural world of Oregon’s Pacific coast, where I live and work.  You can see my work in person at Artists’ Co-op Gallery in Lincoln City, where it is available for purchase every day, 10 am to 5pm.

Functional kitchen mosaics  like the unique mosaic cheese slate/chalkboard are available exclusively at Cafe C’est La Vie, a French creperie in Depoe Bay, south of Lincoln City.  Selected mosaics are also offered at Wine 101 in Lincoln City.

If you are interested in a commissioned artwork or have other questions, please enter your contact details and a short message below. Thanks for your interest!


  1. Deanna Daschel
    January 17, 2013

    Joanne – can you take orders for custom house number plaques?
    I bet a lot of us would like them, and you could incorporate a picture somewhere?

  2. admin
    January 17, 2013

    I can do that! Email me ideas of what you might like to see (incl. pictures of things you like) on it, size desired. Then I can estimate cost and timeframe. Thanks for asking!

  3. Judy Sparks
    February 14, 2013

    Joanne, do you offer a class on mosaic art? I would like to become a maker of mosaic. I love this medium!
    Thank you,
    Judy Sparks

  4. admin
    February 14, 2013

    Hi Judy, I don’t currently teach one myself, though I am helping with a beginners’ class that is team-taught by our Mosaic Guild in Lincoln City. If you are local to our area on the Oregon coast, you could watch for the next session of this class on the organization’s website. We may be doing another series this year. The one we are wrapping up is on Saturday, over 8 weeks.

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