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Celebrate Diversity – Pride in Colors

Artists are colorful and creative people. We come in all colors, shapes and sizes. We come from different backgrounds and comfortably identify with our own true self. I believe artists accept each other’s differences knowing we ourselves are unique and special. We’re all misfits, perfectly content to be ourselves just the way we are.

That’s our superpower.

It’s that self- confidence and naïve open-mindedness that sparks our imagination and fuels the creation of original art. We are deaf to the stubborn doubters, those who live by routine. We dream big, in full color. Yes, we have crazy ideas. That doesn’t stop us. We’re confident that our fantastic visions will one day be a reality. We just haven’t found the right technique that works yet. We’re relentless in our pursuit of Shangri-La. A remote beautiful imaginary place where life approaches perfection. Whatever that looks like to us individually we support each other in the journey.

I consider myself fortunate to be among you, my friends, my fellow artists. It’s been my pleasure to work with you for more than 30 years. I’m proud of you for always being true to yourselves. You inspire me to keep creating and to share my artistic techniques. We have a bright future ahead of us to look forward to. We are strong. We are resilient. And best of all we are here for each other. When all else fades away, art and our compassion for humanity will remain.

Nothing changes until you change something.

It’s time to start rebuilding. Don’t worry about what life has been like for the last four months. You can’t change the past. Focus your energy on what you want your new life to look like in the future. Be the change you want to see.

It’s true, things will never be the same. But we’re artists. Re-imagining the possibilities is our specialty.


It’s seems appropriate to share, Pride in Colors in this week’s post as a symbol of our unity in our pursuit of mutual respect and equality. Several years ago, I made this vibrant piece and donated it to, Equality Florida. This advocacy group advocates for civil rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) residents of Florida.


When invited to donate glass art to an organization there are a lot things I consider before cutting glass. I strive to create original art that reflects the organizations mission. I visit the group’s website and read their social media posts for insight into their objectives. The rainbow is a universal symbol for, LGBTQ+ pride. This lead me to the concept for the intricate combed glass pattern, with the full spectrum of colors, I included in the middle of the design. The wide array of colors are representational of diversity and unity.


Another criteria I consider is where the art will be displayed at the fund raiser. l want my piece of art to make a bold statement. A flashy, well-made piece of art draws attention and encourages higher bids from attendees. But the reality is, donations are often arranged on dark, cloth covered banquet tables in convention halls with subdued lighting. Therefore, I designed my piece to have a vertical shape that would stand above lower profile submissions. When selecting materials, I purposely choose colors that make an impact in low light. I combined transparent glass that glows brightly along with reflective materials to add sparkle.

BT Pride in Colors

Donations are handled a lot, sometimes by inexperienced volunteers. Durable construction and adequate display are key to the art surviving storage, display at the crowded event and the trip home with the lucky winner. I design my donation pieces to fit easily in a decorative iron stand that I supply. The inclusion of a quality iron stand shows my commitment to the success of the event and my professionalism as an artist. An ornamental display also adds to the charm of the art increasing its value. More importantly, a sturdy stand gives me peace of mind that the art won’t sustain damaged while on display.

Watch the Pride in Colors video here:

Pride in Colors is one of several fused glass pieces you can learn how to make in my Breaking Through video available on my website.

Life is complicated right now. Thankfully, we have each other to lean on. I hope this deeper insight into what goes into my art inspires you to get back to creating. It may seem small and insignificant compared to the challenges we’re facing, but it’s our contribution. As an artist, it’s our calling to encourage change for the better through our art.

I hope you’re having a great day, stay kind.

Happy creating!


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2 thoughts on “Celebrate Diversity – Pride in Colors

  1. Great article & beautiful pieces. So glad to be receiving your info again. Love looking at your projects and your wonderful talent. Hope all is well.
    Mary Burstiner

    1. Thank you for the positive feedback. It inspires me to keep sharing.

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