The Sources of My Inspiration

The source of inspiration for my artwork is found in nature. Walking down a road in the early morning and seeing the dewdrops clinging to the pine needles with the sunlight reflecting off the water. In the woods in the fall, coming across a family of mushrooms sprouting from the decaying leaves on the forest floor. Watching the early growth of bulbs breaking the surface of the soil with frost on the ground. Spying hummingbirds collecting nectar from a large honeysuckle bush. These are images that I treasure and which lead me to create glass and metal art that complements nature.
What follows here are pictures of flora and fauna that have inspired me to create certain glass pieces.


Poppies for me are always a symbol of Remembrance Day in Canada where I grew up. Remembrance Day (November 11th each year) commemorates civilians and military personnel who lost their lives in armed conflicts. In Canada most people wear artificial poppy pins on their coats and clothes in the weeks prior to November 11th.

poppy    redopflower

Amanita Mushrooms

The first time I saw these mushrooms was while hiking along the Skagit River. They were hiding under dense forest undergrowth but they had established huge colonies and the bright red amongst all the green of the forest floor was stunning! I make mine with a fluted top instead of a round dome because I think it adds a little punch to the shape.

ammush2  fairylg

Fiddlehead Ferns

Spring is one of my most favorite seasons. One of the sure signs of spring are the emerging tops of Fiddlehead Ferns. But of course being a color fanatic I had to make mine in a myriad of bright colors and I have named them Fiddlesticks.

fiddlehead  warmtriolg


What can I say? It’s gorgeous and it’s a Brugmansia – what’s not to love?

brugmansia  trioflower2lg


I have wonderful childhood memories of cattails growing along the shores of Lake Huron where my family would go for summer vacation. We would soak the dried cattails in fuel and light them on fire for torches at night.

cattails   cattails

Double Datura or Devil’s Trumpet flower

This is a new item to debut at the Northwest Flower & Garden show this year!

doubletrumpet  Dsc_0427

When creating sculptures for the garden there’s a certain point where the glass achieves a synchronicity of shape and fluidity and that’s when I know the piece is complete. Glass is a very challenging medium where the difference between perfection and glass shards can be the result of a split second decision. It is this difficult aspect of glass that intrigues and captures my attention.



  1. Ginger said,

    February 10, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Wow! Love the new flowers and cattails! Have to start saving my pennies, so I can add them to my garden. They will go great with the flowers, ferns, and mushrooms we already have.

  2. Allen & Sandra Glenn said,

    February 10, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Beautiful! Love the colors and unique shapes. SG

  3. Gary & Deb said,

    February 10, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Complementing and enhancing nature! Barb, you’ve done it again. Beautiful!

  4. Steph Mader said,

    February 10, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Wow, wonderful new designs! I love year-round color in the garden.

  5. February 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Such beautiful designs reflecting your love of nature. I am filled with pride and thanks for being blessed with such a creative daughter. Love from afar. Dad

  6. Maureen and Elliot Gregg said,

    February 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Always love your work. Thanks for sharing. We have some of your
    Above designs and are always ready to add more.

  7. Sharon Kitashima said,

    February 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Do you display your glass works anywhere close to Portland, OR?

  8. February 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Looking forward to adding some glass Brugmansias to our garden!

  9. Tim Hendrickson said,

    February 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Beautiful work !!

  10. Suzanne Jones said,

    February 13, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Do you enter other local art shows besides Flower & Garden? Edmonds?

    • February 15, 2013 at 12:50 am

      Hi Suzanne
      We do about 10-12 shows annually. Starting with the NW Flower & Garden show, the San Francisco Flower & Garden show, S’orticulture, Edmonds arts festival, Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Anacortes Arts festival and a couple of studio open houses. You can check the shows as we are confirmed here:

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