Throughout December, Lincoln City’s Beachstone Gallery will feature the mosaic art of Jaye Blackwood.
Blackwood arrived on the coast from San Diego with graphic design training and a background in color theory. Joining the Artists’ Studio Association and enrolling in mosaic lessons from Jan Miller launched her new career working with colorful pieces of cut glass.
Her studio in Seagrove, just south of Lincoln City, overlooks forest and is filled with natural light. Creating in this peaceful environment gives her inspiration, harmony and balance.
“Each piece begins with a concept and vision of the finished project,” she said, “but many times the materials dictate a new twist in the design.”
An award-winning artist, Blackwood finds inspiration in the natural world.
“Elements of design are embedded in nature” she said, “the texture of a leaf; the translucence of a flower petal; the blending of colors in a sunset; and the seafoam mist raising from the breaking waves.”
As a young child, Blackwood began working with natural materials to costume dolls. Now her materials are colored glass, with a powerful connection to the earth, incorporating beautiful patterns and colors.
Blackwood’s work has shown in Chicago, Portland, and locally and she has been a featured artist on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat program.
The exhibit will be on display daily from 10 am to 5 pm at Beachstone Gallery, located in the Artists’ Co-op Gallery building at 620 NE Hwy. 101.