Steelhead Salmon...large and medium

2623 SE Ankeny Street, # 207, Portland, OR 97214

My name is Mary O'Shea and I’ve lived near the water my whole life, from Portland, Oregon to Honolulu, Hawaii to Key West, Florida. Recently I returned to my hometown of Portland to be closer to my roots, family and friends. I've rediscovered and fallen in love with this old port town. The watery journey I’ve been on for half my life made me realize I need to live near the water. It feeds my soul and fuels my passion for creating and working with glass. Fused glass is a magical old art form, dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, over 5,000 years ago. Fused glass shimmers, its texture changes and its appearance with reflective light creates depth. Its color continually shifts and morphs with its own life movement. It carries a rhythm and curiosity of what’s beneath the surface. Living near the water, I've become my environment...a Great Blue Heron one day, a White Egret another day, a Goliath Grouper or the sand and water on the beach. I become the anima of each piece and rejoice when the glass has cooled. You are invited into my wondrous world of nature’s beauty. I've been documenting, like a biologist the fish, birds, water and people of my environment for my entire life. I believe artists naturally reflect their environment. I have been blessed to live in places I love and try to give the area justice with my interpretation and capture the essence of the ever-changing beauty presented to me.

Galleries showing my work:
Frangipani Gallery, Key West
Green Furniture Solutions, Portland, Oregon
7Artists Gallery, Key West, Florida

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