did you get started?
mosaic work began with my interest in gardening. As I learned more about the plants in my yard and what
would attract butterflies and birds, I gained a deeper
appreciation for what I had created. I then saw my garden as
a blank canvas and wanted to add objects that would enhance its
beauty, but that I also found
beautiful in and of themselves; and so, I created my mosaic earth towers.
Over the years I graviated to interior art and now once again I'm
creating exterior art. This time out of stained glass and
mirror. I have art everywhere!
I get a kick out of
this picture! When I first started mosaic, this is what my
hands looked like! They still do on occasion.
do you get ideas for your work?
be honest, I haven't been influenced by anything I've seen on the
market. I started out creating columns to hold gazing balls which I
collect. My preferred style is what I see as textured, rough, bold, organic. Lots of nooks and crannies.
But I can also create a piece delicate and well thought out for
interior uses. I am a self taught craftsperson and continue to learn from each piece I
do and from each client I work with!
Mosaic after ten years:
It's still exciting to see a mosaic "becoming!"
You start out with a blank canvas and over time your image
emerges. What a rush. And in the end a great
satisfaction for only you know how much time and energy and
"the best of yourself" has gone into the work. Since
starting mosaic, I typically find myself apologizing for what I
haven't done elsewhere around the house!
Do you have any
children or pets?
Dave and I have no children. I hope to wake up on day and
find a 10-year old person, smaller than myself, doing all the
dishes! We loved a peek-a-poo dog named Annie for 14 years
and now share our days with a maltipoo and brings me total
amusement and joy!
What is a typical
day like for you?
No day is typical. I may work way early in the morning, sleep
in the middle of the day, and then work late into the night.
I have this luxury. When I have a commission, it is my energy
focus and I work around it. I do work with a timer, as mosaic
is physical. I'm constantly doing mosaic for 30 minutes to an
hour, then chores, then mosaic. This gives my body a break.
there good mosaic versus a poor product?
Yes! There are many generic, poorly made mosaics on the
will not last a year. My work is hand crafted and no two
items are alike. I
small joints between my tiles, which means more weight, time, and tile per
piece. Grout spacing can have its place though. Here are two
examples of poor workmanship. Example 1,
What the heck does
is a Southern Louisiana term. In the Gulf states, it's commonly used to denote a little bonus, something thrown in for good measure, an
extra or unexpected gift given from a shopkeeper to a customer.
For me, I've used it to denote the extra care I give my work.
do you say Lagniappe?
Try it is way. Lon yop... It took me a while to say it correctly
too! But my godmother Aunt Lou who is now 96, helped me pick this
name and learn to say it correctly. It's a very personal word
expressing my heritage and the attention I give to each piece of my
1963.. me, mom and Marc
It was years before I could put more than 4 inches of
water in my bubble bath. And I remember from 20 years back,
mom being cautious about using too many eggs due to the cost! So I guess
the thriftiness of mosaic is second nature to me.
I love the fact that recycling is part and parcel of the mosaic
mom (Beverly), a "thrifty Cajun woman" taught me early
I love using old china, dishes, vases, tiles and treasures found at
garage sales and thrift stores that would otherwise end up in the
landfill. I've heard that anything made by hand contains the
spirit of the artist who created it. When you buy a piece of Lagniappe
Mosaic art you're purchasing the best of myself at that time. My eye
never tires of a piece of artwork that just blows me away. I
would like to think that you would enjoy your chosen piece of art
much in the same way.