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I believe that we are largely in charge of our own destiny. I envision the reality in which I'd like to live, and then do what I can do make it happen. I create little worlds, whether in glass, or in words, or in web designs, that make the imagination come alive. Stained and etched glass ornaments, coasters, and panels in celestial and southwestern designs are my trademarks.
Bill Darwin II
I learned the art of stained glass from my grandfather when i was 16, and have made a living doing it for over 30 years. Custom doors and windows are my specialty, for homes, churches, and businesses. About 10 years ago I started restoring and selling antique slot machines as a sideline, which is now a thriving business.
Rick De Troyer
I have always been intrigued with making things, being aware of nature and trying to limit my use of resources on this planet so to reduce global warming. Recycling is a big part of my art. I try to practice what I preach by using found objects in my work. They tell a story of their own, along with adding character to art. When I see a design in my mind I try to shape it into reality. My work is freehand and comfortable. I cut or add to my eyes’ delight. I like curves and flow the pieces into a new use. . I find a new energy from some objects, and creativity takes that "Ah Ha!" step. Some metal can develop a look over time much as a wine’s flavor can grow. I try to blend the look of rust with the shine of grinding. I hammer the surface repeatedly to develop a textured look. My hands seem to know what to do when I cut, hammer and weld metal. Learning to let my heart over rule my conscience is sometimes the hard part.