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Notre Dame


Paris, France

I'll admit, I cried when I heard that Notre Dame was on fire on April 15th, 2019.  I was driving home from a show in Houston that day, so I wasn't on the internet or social media until late evening.  I just remember staring in horror at the photos and videos of the spire engulfed in flames.

The photo used for this design was taken more than a decade before the fire.  There was a mass going on while we were inside the cathedral, and I remember feeling very uncomfortable that I was was wondering around like a tourist while people were attending services.

I think I am more fascinated by the outside of Notre Dame.  All of those Gothic details, and those flying buttresses just make me swoon!


Fun Facts:

  • Built between 1163 and 1345
  • Napoleon was crowned Emperor here in 1804
  • Home to the crown of thorns and the tunic of St. Louis
  • The 2 towers on the facade were supposed to have spires that were never added
  • The famous flying buttress supports were not part of the original plans, but were added to support the walls of the nave when they developed stress fractures from the weight of the vault
  • The 3 rose windows still retain their original 13th century glass
  • There are many carved stone grotesques on the outside of Notre Dame.  The gargoyles are grotesques that act as rain spouts, and the chimera are the other creatures that do not redirect rain water

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