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About the Artist

Denise Vieira is a self-taught mosaic artist who found her passion in December 2009 after attending a basic workshop in Ottawa, Canada. She had to bring her own drawing and was given the tools to play for seven hours. “The feeling of seeing my vision come to life that day haunted me through the holidays and I knew I had to keep exploring it.” In March of 2010, Vieira got all her supplies squeezed into her one bedroom condo, and she haven’t stopped since.  Previously a dental hygienist, Denise found her passion to pursue in creating fine art through medium of mosaic to be hung anywhere like a painting or drawing would hang.

Her style is inspired through figurative photography, its light and dark effects, its perspective, as well as the “candid” effect. The human form’s ability to convey the expressions of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual human experience is where Vieira creative vision unfolds and the challenge to transform it into a mosaic medium begins.

Once inspired by the subject in the photograph, Denise let the idea sit a while, and after a few rough sketches, she creates a final drawing. The lines and curves are filled with vibrant colors, often disregarding the natural color of the subject. Rather, piece by piece, she hand cut and shape stained glass; then organizes with careful consideration of color, contrast and composition. Even the interspaces are an integral part of the design, adding movement and rhythm throughout the piece once filled with grout. Hue, tone and intensity of grout color are also important elements. The many exciting variations in tone and density of stained glass, and sometimes resistance to cut and unexpected breaks requires patience and flexibility to create a spontaneous, natural flow. “Drawing and materials combine in a way that an expression of the human spirit unfolds in each mosaic that I hope profoundly evokes you, the viewer.”

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