Custom mosaic designs and fabrication handmade in Santa Barbara, CA
The Evil Eye (Wards off bad luck)
30 x 26” marble, 3rd century AD, Tunisia.
Roman Tunisian Fish
3rd century marble 13x18.”
Unswept Floor. 24x24" Marble on concrete paver.
Ancient Roman banquet rooms often depicted the remains of feasts scattered around the floor. It is thought that the Romans copied a famous Greek artist's original floor (Sosos of Pergamon), which has not survived. The images on the Roman floors were micromosaic, with individual marble pieces as small as 1/4" and sometimes less.
This is a detail from a II Century Tunisian mosaic of Diana the Huntress.
Betrayal: Thirty Pieces of Silver. 35x24". XI Century Bronze Byzantine cross, 30 V Century Roman coins, Italian glass smalti, 24 karat gold tesserae.
Genuine antiquities (the bronze cross is 11th Cent. from Asia Minor and the Roman coins are 4th and 5th Cent.) are embedded in a mosaic inspired by those in the Galla Placida chapel and other mosaics in Ravenna, Italy.
Cave Canum. 14x14". Italian glass smalti,ceramic, dichroic glass.
Inspired by the "Beware of the Dog" mosaics often found at the entrance to homes in Pompeii, II Century.
Empress Theodora. 21x16". Italian glass smalti, 24 karat gold tesserae, mother of pearl.
Detail from the VI Century Basilica St. Vitale, Ravenna, Italy. The Empress Theodora was an Egyptian woman (with various rumors attached) who charmed the Emperor Justinian becoming his wife. She is said to have been an advocate for women's rights, unusual in this Byzantine era.
Inspired by I st. Century encaustic portrait by Greek or Roman artists in Egypt. Encaustic is a wax material infused with pigments having great endurance.
Flower in a Crannied Wall. 20x20". Italian glass smalti, marble, dichroic glass.
Image based on V Century floor, Tabgha, Israel. Title from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem.
Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower—but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.