I was actually quite surprised when I finally found “the” picture and it turned out to be floral. Not your grandmother's floral, but a richly-colored, whimsical floral called Dahlia I by Kim Parker. I have a Pavlovian response to great color and this print definitely made my mouth water. How could it not? It was everything I'd been looking for with colors and texture, and even a hint of ethnicity that would work perfectly with my findings from my travels and the years I spent in Africa.
The picture was so vibrant and rich that the rest of my living room seemed a little lackluster. The only thing I could imagine that might provide enough color to really compliment the new print was an assortment of glass in wonderfully saturated colors. Thus began what has become an incredibly enjoyable collection.
I've been gathering glass for about four years now, and I'm still in love. It is endlessly fascinating and each piece makes a dramatic difference in the collection as a whole. While I seek out unusual shapes and colors, and have definite preference for bold saturated colors, I really only have one firm rule for the glass I bring home... It has to make me smile.