Artist StatementI am captivated by the beauty of our Earth.The bounty of colors, textures, and patterns, all painted on nature’s canvas create the perfect composition which I strive to create as a mosaic artist. These nature inspired visions come together and enable me to slowly transform a blank slate into dimensional art, which serves to unite my senses. Though never to outdo nature, as it is impossible to do so, I hope to bring its spirit and its life, into my art, and subsequently, my art to life. I choose to use primarily stained glass in most of my work, mainly for its endless versatility, incredible color and texture variations, and for the freedom to cut any size or shape I may need. Although I use various methods to shape glass, I prefer to cut and work the glass by hand rather than use grinders or saws, as to me, organic edges are more natural, and give the piece its own unique identity. Accents of marble, polymer clay, beach glass, beads, and iridescence will find its way into my work as well, as I believe the eye is kept engaged by these changing and unexpected diversions. Contrast, color, and flow are all vital elements I strive to maintain, as without them, unity is gone. While I may plan my design in advance, I find it often changes mid-creation, allowing my spontaneous thoughts to enter and change paths. Who am I to prevent that?
Bella started making mosaics in the Baltimore, MD area in 2005, when shortly after movin into a new house, she decided to make her own art to fill the walls. Not until several years later did she yearn to create more mosaics and make them available to the greater community to enjoy. Bella began to learn as much as she could about furthering her knowledge of mosaics by reading every instructional mosaic book she could find, corresponding with other mosaic artists online, joining Contemporary Mosaic Artist (CMA), and taking her first mosaic course at Maryland Mosaics.
Her mosaics are contemporary in nature, with a touch of Zen simplicity, but also explore a different traditional path stemming from her heritage as a 1st generation Russian-Jewish immigrant. She therefore enjoys making Judaic themed mosaics for her own family as well as having made several commissioned pieces for her clients.
Bella exhibits her mosaic art at Maryland Mosaics, in Glyndon, MD. In addition to wall art and mosaic mirrors, Bella has expanded her art into creating mosaic jewelry, which have been on display at the Carroll County Arts Council in Westminster, MD. She has been featured in the artist’s section of her local hometown’s Pikesville Patch online newspaper (Jan 2011), and enjoys interacting with other artists, and friends on her Facebook and Flickr pages.
Bella received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County and then went on to receive a master’s degree in physical therapy from University of MD at Baltimore. She enjoys both of her careers, and hopes to reach a greater audience to enjoy her mosaics as much as she does.