Gail Hapeman

Gail Hapeman

Vashon Views Art Glass

Gail@vashonviews.com

vashonviews.com

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Artist Statement

Glass is the chameleon of art media. It ranges from colorless to vibrant, monochromatic to multicolored, smooth to textured, transparent to opaque. Products can be as small as a pendant and as large as the windows in Chartres Cathedral. Classical, ornate, geometric, whimsical, realistic—glass lends itself to these styles and more.

I began working with stained glass in 2000. My series of Vashon Views panels is based on photos taken locally, frequently from my deck on south Maury. The stunning views of and from Vashon Island are perfect subjects. I love creating representational glass art to share the beauty around me and showcase the diversity of glass applications.

Aside from the Vashon Views panels, I have created windows in many styles, lamps, kitchen cabinet doors, mosaic stepping stones, fused glass incorporated into stained glass panels and stand-alone, nightlights, ornaments, suncatchers, and glass dishes of various sizes, shapes, and functions. I most enjoy working with clients to create the ideal, custom piece for their needs.

I am a Washington native and a University of Washington graduate. I taught junior high math and science in the Seattle area for many years. My husband and I retired to Vashon in summer, 2017.