When Gloria Houlne found 60 Glass blocks at a construction site she gathered them up and brought them home. Always curious about experimenting with new materials and mediums, she decided to paint on them.
Sometimes cathartic, sometimes meditative and often, simply a joyful expression, the recycled glass blocks became both painting and sculpture. They change with the light that passes through them satisfying Gloria’s interest in the spiritual quality of color and their vibrations in a new way.
I first saw Gloria’s paintings on board which have an aboriginal feeling to them. Patterns created with many individual shapes and colors reminiscent of both weavings and microscopic images. They undulate and flow, creating their own abstract worlds.
“Mostly,” she wrote to me ” it is just a pure spiritual experience where I reach into the well of creation and what comes out is a collaboration between myself and source inspiration.”
I’ll have Gloria’s Glass Blocks and some of her original designs and note cards in my School House Gallery at the Bedlam Farm Open House, October 8th and 9th. I love introducing some abstract work into the mix of realism and functional art.
To see all the varieties of Gloria’s work click here.