Daniel Hogan

  Mixed Media Artist
  Joshua Tree, California

The glass is all clear
With each artwork I create a story from a combination of long forgotten glass objects found in thrift stores, garage and yard sales, abandoned buildings, and swap meets - clear and textured glass from ashtrays, pressed glass plates, candy and butter dishes, old shower doors or windows. The treasures are found in California's High Desert towns who's names are a story onto themselves - Amboy, Chambliss, Landers, and Wonder Valley (my favorite!).
Wonder Valley EstateI join the highly textured glass pieces together in a technique similar to stained glass, using lead, solder and wire. When the assemblages are in an illuminated environment a 'light show' of color is created from the reflections.

To make the artwork jump off the wall, I create an abstract painting on canvas or board incorporating the colors found in the glass reflections. I wire the two together, resulting in beautiful, 3-dimensional art that sings with life and joy.
Getting started
Though I have always had an attraction to drafting and architectural drawings, it was not until I joined Palm Springs Art Museum, as a member, volunteer, and employee, that I found myself surrounded by a group of artists that would become family and help me turn my attraction into what is now my art. Key in my discovery was Ellie Smith, who opened my eyes to working with glass. Ellie is no longer with us but will always be in my heart. A photo of her hangs above my workbench and inspires me daily.

My happy place is my studio where there are no limits to accessing my creativity. Currently I am exploring connecting found glass objects to create sculptures. Who knows what will be next.

Latest Works
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