At one time I owned a small business making and repairing stained glass windows, which led to my study of glass blowing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. These recent abstract paintings feel like a continuation of my glass art as an exploration of color, pattern, and optics. The majority of these works are created by layering up to seven layers of clear, glass-like, acrylic resin. As the layers build the colors intensify, designs are magnified, and elements in upper layers cast shadows onto layers below, creating both optical and physical depth (they are up to 2 inches deep). The edges are left clear and unframed allowing light to enter from the sides as well as the front. They exist in the space between 2D and 3D. The process is slow (paint, mix and pour, cure, sand, and repeat) but the results are striking.