Elaine grew up in Providence, RI with many talented relatives. Her maternal grandfather was a silversmith and designer at Gorham Manufacturing Company for several years and other relatives were multi talented in music and theater arts. She spent many afternoons watching her grandmother piece together quilts on a treadle sewing machine. Elaine’s appreciation of shape, form and color originated in those days.
Never realizing she had any artistic leanings, she began a forty year nursing career in 1962, married her long time boyfriend, an Army officer, in 1966, and traveled extensively with him and her sons for twenty years. Having managed through seventeen official moves and military assignments in the States and overseas provided her with many creative opportunities. She began taking the lessons offered at various Army installations and eventually was introduced to stained glass while living on Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 1972.
Once introduced to Stained Glass, she was hooked. Her original designs reflected her Grandmother’s quilts but she soon moved on to more intricate designs and cuts. Never satisfied with making small window objects, her glass grew into panels and three dimensional boxes and lamps as well as some mosaics.
Elaine now works out of her lakeside studio in Chepachet, RI. She derives her visions from her travels throughout the US and overseas while expanding her designs and adapting her newly discovered love for drawing into new stained glass objects.
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