Django is my beloved Beauceron. This is my first piece done in the D&H Technique under the direction of mosaic artist Kala Jarda. When I first discovered this technique, Django was my first thought of subject matter. One rule in creating works of such beauty is the emotional attachment the artist (me) has to the subject matter. During the creation of this piece, I began to see my beloved companion in a whole new light as I studied the swirls of fur, coloration of his eyes, how his tongue dropped out of his mouth and even the shiny bits of drool along his lips. After this study, I have no question in my mind as to whether dogs actually smile. Django smiles.
The realistic nature of the piece, while looking like a painting, is actually made up of thousands of thin shards of stained glass. Special attention is always paid to the eyes, which seem to peer out at the observer with keen interest. The direction and placement of the glass shards suggest fur or feathers in this technique.
Kelly is one of a very limited number of artists worldwide who has trained under Kala Jarda to learn this unique technique.
This piece is not for sale, although commissions are accepted.