Joanne Parah Reiter is a Swanton resident and has Associate degrees in Liberal Arts, and Business from Community College of Vermont, and received her Baccalaureate degree in Integrated Studies in Management from Champlain College. Her mediums of choice are glass mosaics with the use of beads, and sometimes up-cycled materials.
She is inspired by the various shards of colored and textured glass combined with the nearly endless creative possibilities. It is like making a puzzle by scratch.
“When I work on a piece, it’s easy to forget about everything else and just be in the moment watching the piece take shape. I get inspired when I see richly colored glass, especially textures, sometimes I look at second-hand items as blank canvas’s just waiting for new life, such as old photo frames, mirrors for glass on glass designs or a piece of furniture. Even an old board can become a substrate for a piece of glass art”
She also enjoys working in mixed mediums, sculpture and recently began painting in watercolor.
Jo has attended in-person and online workshops for mosaic and watercolor painting.Jo’s First Mosaic piece 2014-inspired by 300+Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets, by Bonnie Fitzgerald