After more than six years in the Australian Maritime Industry, injury lead me to explore several career paths including Computer Support/Help Desk, Computer Technician, Banker, and various roles as Telecommunications Technician – working with telephone exchange equipment (Step x Step, ARE/ARF Crossbar, AXE and various ‘special projects’), and later as a Cellular Phone Technician repairing mobile phones. After stumbling upon some beautiful mosaics at a local nursery, I decided to try my hand at making my own mosaics. The flexibility of materials which mosaics allow, also lead me to indulge my passion for making ‘recycle art’ from various re-used items.
The name MosaicAvatar was born in 2005, soon after I began exploring the art of mosaics. I was also new to yoga and meditation, and had been contemplating creating a website to advertise my artwork, so when a friend gave me a broken terracotta pot which reminded me of the head of a Greek goddess statue, it inspired the illustration for the original website logo and the name which borrows from the Sanskrit word ‘avatar’, meaning God manifested on the earth… my usage of the word ‘avatar’ is a reference to the spiritual belief of God being within each of us, and further extending this metaphor… that with the right attitude, we are each capable of anything we set our mind to.
Last year (2012) I discovered the Russell Island Community Mosaic Group (RICMG), and have been going to their regular meetings ever since. I enjoy my time there amongst people who share my passion for mosaics, so decided to apply for membership this year… and was literally accepted with open arms! The mosaic group has some interesting community projects being planned, and I will post details of these when available on this website’s News & Current Projects page.
I hope you enjoy following my creative journey as much as I enjoy sharing it. Along the way I will add mosaic tutorials and also share some tips I’ve stumbled upon, and from time to time may also include tid-bits of my humour (not suitable for circus performers, ninjas, and certain species of chickens).