A experiential transition to my current style of Eglomise’ with reflective elements / reverse painting on plate glass mirror began in 1994 when the Birmingham Museum of Art sponsored an exhibition of the Pilchuck Glass School Artists featuring Dale Chihuly. The summer of the sameyear I attended a session at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle learning lead crystal casting techniques. After completion of a degree in Art Studio at the University of Alabama here in Birmingham I began my tenure as fine artist in June of 1996 establishing a hot glass / multi media studio in a space in the former Republic Steel facility in the confines of Wade Sand & Gravel here in Birmingham. Robin and Caroline Wade provided the space there where I continue my work. In 2005 my primary medium was cast and blown glass, it was my ninth year at the Republic Steel Works Studio, pondering the what next, what would be the next style and or medium to explore? In the spring of 2005, a local interior designer contacted me to ask if I could antique a large mirror for her home? “ I have never done this Betty but, will give it a try… just for you”! Through experimentation and a few serendipitous experiences I discovered a unique way to tarnish the reflective coating on plate glass mirror with the creation of an alkaline gel that allowed the reflective coating to tarnish / etch without using acid. I reasoned that an antiqued mirror surface might also have objects imprinted into the mirrors reflective coating. This was the initial introduction of my efforts to create the look of an aged / distressed mirrored surface using new plate glass mirror, making a positive impact on the world of design and the lives of those who have adopted the techniques to produce unique objects that reflect light and color, the reflective coating of the mirror became an element of design, perhaps an 8th element… My current style of Eglomise’ with reflective elements / reverse painting on plate glass mirror was developed out of the antique mirror experience, incorporating the experience of previous years of painting and sculpture into a unique proprietary style of art.