Spring Blossoms

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of taking a stroll through the Chicago Botanic Garden. Armed with my camera, I met my daughter at the gardens to enjoy some good company, fresh air, exercise and spring blossoms. Below are a few of the beautiful flowers we found.


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Lava Fields


While exploring lava fields on the Big Island of Hawaii last winter, I learned that it is wise to look down, watch your step, and take time to enjoy the wide variety of colors and textures. Above are just a few examples of my discoveries.

More Lichen Beauty

“Lichen Rainbow”, Red Canyon, Utah photo by  Alan Grinberg

Lichens, Burgess Lake  from Montana Outdoors

Lichen Fields, California photo by Sylvia Sharnoff

I was so inspired by the color and texture of the lichen that I discovered last week  on National Geographic, I felt compelled to do more research. These are my newest additions to my inspiration library. I hope they will inspire you too.

Thirteen Pounds

Recently I purchased thirteen pounds of emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, carnelian, citrine, labradorite, amazonite, and bronzite stones at a gem show.  I selected the stones not only for their color, but also for their iridescence, transparency and reflectivity. Over the next few months I will be spending hours in my studio hand cutting the stones into the micro-sized pieces I require to create my mosaic art jewelry. I look forward to seeing how this new batch of stones guides me in my future designs.

To view my currently available mosaic jewelry please visit  Gray Raven Designs.

The Arrival of Autumn


I am always looking for inspiration for my mosaic art. I might find a colorful leaf and take a picture for future reference or purchase stones just because I like the color.  Somewhere down the road I know that the images and stones will come together.

I’m constantly on the lookout to expand my collection of minerals and stones to use in both my fine art and mosaic art jewelry. The stones in this collage I purchased at the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists vendor show. I was drawn to these calcite stones with their various shades of orange and think the colors are perfect to welcome autumn. To purchase these or similar pieces, please visit my online shop.

If you have pictures or stones you would like made into custom earrings, pendants, or cuff links, feel free to email me and we can collaborate on something unique.