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Venice, Italy

I took my mom to Venice, and the one thing she wanted to do was to take a gondola ride.  I thought it was too expensive and kind of "touristy", but I agreed, and to this day, I am so thankful my mom talked me into it!  It was so interesting seeing the canals from water level, especially the smaller less crowded canals.  It was so quiet because the walls of the canals blocked out the noise from above, so all you heard was the water and the occasional singing for gondoliers!

Fun Facts:

  • Gondolas have navigated the 177 canals of Venice since 1094
  • Gondoliers must complete 400 hours of training and apprenticeship before being licensed, and only 3-4 new licenses are granted each year
  • According to a 16th century law, all gondolas must be painted black.  The reason my design is mostly blue is due to the tarps that are used to cover the gondolas when not in use
  • 8 different types of wood are used to build a gondola - oak, elm, lime, larch, fir, cherry, walnut and mahogany.  The oar is made of beech
  • The hull of the gondola must receive a new coat of varnish every 40 days to protect it from a lagoon pest that eats into wood

Process And Size Guidelines

I handcraft each piece in my home studio, located just outside of Kansas City, MO.

Most of the photos I use were taken by me on my travels near and far.    I review each photo, looking for striking colors and strong structural elements.    If you think of the entire design as a pie, I am looking for a perfect “slice” of pie within the picture.  Once I find it, the slice is mirrored and repeated in a circular fashion to create the whole pie, i.e. the kaleidoscopic design.


The design then is printed multiple times onto photo paper and I hand cut different elements from each copy of the design with scissors (yes, scissors!). After the cutting is done, I reassemble the pieces into tiered layers separated by foam core, creating the unique three-dimensional kaleidoscopic effect.  Finally, I mount the piece onto mat board and frame it in a shadow box, adding a small copy of the original photo to the piece.



Each design is available in multiple sizes.  The larger the piece, the more layers the design will have, which gives you even greater depth and dimension.  The larger size also allows for more intricate cutting, providing more texture and more "wow"!


Outside Dimensions Inside Dimensions Frame Color
9.75" x 9.75" x 2" 9" x 9" x 1.5" Black
13.5" x 13.5" x 2.75" 12" x 12" x 2.25" Black
18.5" x 18.5" x 4" 16" x 16" x 3" Custom made reclaimed cedar with museum quality plexiglass front