"I grew up surrounded by birds in a woodland and marshland that was a child's wonderland. Later, as an artist exploring color combinations in glass, I turned to birds' magnificent plumage for inspiration. But on a recent visit home, I was struck by how few birds remained in my childhood haunts. I began researching and discovered how many species of birds are disappearing or in decline as climate change and development diminish their habitats. 


My new glass vessels draw their inspiration from the colors/pattering of endangered birds and seems a fitting medium for honoring them. Initially, glassmaking intrigued me because it hadn't been widely explored as an art medium. There was so much to be discovered! I learned early on that you have to work with glass, you can't just impose your desires on it because it's always doing something on its own. When glass is hot, you have to move with it. It goes irretrievably wrong pretty quickly if you make a mistake. That's not unlike our relationship to the planet, WE need to stay attuned to how wee impact our environment and make adjustments when things are out of balance - because when species are gone we can't recreate them."


-Toots Zynsky, from Honoring the Future's Artists to Know



Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise

2020

22 1/2 x 14 3/8 x 13 inches

57 x 36.5 x 33 centimeters


Currently available at Heller Gallery.

Paradise Tanager

2020

5 7/8 x 13 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches

15 x 34.5 x 17 centimeters


Currently available at Heller Gallery.

Purple Finch

2020

9 3/4 x 17 x 9 1/4 inches

25 x 43 x 23.5 centimeters


Currently available at Heller Gallery.

Red Knot

2019

6 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 10 inches

16.5 x 56.5 x 25.5 centimeters


Currently available at Sandra Ainsley Gallery.

Bald Eagle

2019

15 7/8 x 34 x 11 inches

40.5 x 86.5 x 28 centimeters

Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker

2020

12 1/4 x 27 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches

31 x 69 x 26 centimeters

Green-headed Tanager

2020

5 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

13.5 x 42 x 14 centimeters

Crimson Adelaide Rosella

2020

6 5/8 x 14 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches 

17 x 37 x 15.5 centimeters

Nicobar Pigeon

2020

10 3/8 x 18 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches

26.5 x 46.5 x 26 centimeters

Northern Cardinal

2020

6 1/8 x 14 3/8 x 6 1/8 inches

15.5 x 36.5 x 15.5 centimeters

Rare Canvasback

2019

8 1/4 x 17 x 6 3/4 inches

21 x 43 x 17 centimeters

Western Tanager

2019

10 5/8 x 19 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

27 x 49.5 x 23.5 centimeters

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove

2019

10 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches

27.5 x 47 x 26 centimeters

Superb Fruit Dove

2019

6 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches

17.5 x 38 x 14.5 centimeters

Silver-eared Mesia

2019

8 7/8 x 18 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

22.5 x 47 x 24 centimeters

Aptenodytes Forsteri

2019

11 3/8 x 26 1/2 x 11 inches

29 x 67.5 x 28 centimeters

Foudia Rubra

2019

7 1/2 x 13 3/8 x 7 3/4 inches

19 x 34 x 19.5 centimeters

Erythrura Gouldiae

2019

7 1/8 x 14 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches

18 x 37.5 x 17 centimeters

Icterus Galbula

2019

10 x 20 x 10 3/4 inches

25.5 x 51 x 27.5 centimeters

Ptilinopus Superbus

2019

9 x 18 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches

232 x 47 x 22 centimeters

Gouldian Finches Union

2019

10 7/8 x 25 x 10 1/2 inches

27.5 x 63.5 x 26.5 centimeters

Male Female Plum-headed Parakeets

2019

6 3/8 x 14 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

16.25 x 37 x 19.5 centimeters

Pink-throated Doublespot Finch

2018

5 1/8 x 9 1/4 x 6 inches

13 x 23.5 x 15.25 centimeters

Red-crowned Amazon

2018

6 3/4 x 14 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

17 x 37 x 18.5 centimeters

Superb Fruit Dove

2018

8 x 17 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches

20.5 49.75 x 22 centimeters

Cinnamon-headed Green Dove

2018

11 x 25 x 8 7/8 inches

28 x 53.5 x 22.5 centimeters

Crested Satinbird

2018

7 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches

18.5 x 37 x 21 centimeters

Kinglet Manakin

2018

10 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

27.5 x 52 x 24 centimeters

Verditer Flycatcher

2018

15 x 33 5///8 x 11 3/8 inches

38 x 85.5 x 29 centimeters

Jambu Fruit Dove

2018

9 x 18 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches

23 x 46 x 17 centimeters

Double Plum-headed Parakeet

7 1/4 x 18 3/8 x 6 1/8 inches

18.5 x 46.5 x 15.5 centimeters

Double Gouldian Finch

2018

7 x 14 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches

18 x 37 x 17 centimeters

African Pygmy Kingfisher

2019

7 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches

18.5 x 37 x 18.25 centimeters

Double Gouldian Finches Variation 2

2018

6 3/4 x 14 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches

17 x 36.5 x 18 centimeters

Northern Carmine Bee Eater

2018

11 1/2 x 26 x 10 3/4 inches

29.25 x 66 x 27.5 centimeters

Northern Bald Ibis

2018

14 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

37.5 x 51.5 x 31 centimeters

Mandarin Duck

2018

11 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 30 inches

28.5 x 64 x 30 centimeters

Andean Flamingo

2018

15 1/8 x 33 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

38.5 x 85 x 26 centimeters

Baltimore Oriole

2018

10 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches

27.5 x 47.5 x 26 centimeters

Plum-headed Parakeet

2018

19 1/4 x 14 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches

49 x 37.5 x 33.5 centimeters

Blue Crane

2018

21 1/4 x 16 1/8 x 14 inches

54 x 41 x 35.5 centimeters

I'iwi

2018

7 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 10 inches

19.5 x 47 x 25.5 centimeters

King Penguin

2018

12 1/2 x 31 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches

32 x 79.5 x 38.5 centimeters

Iberian Green Woodpecker

2018

10 x 27 x 11 inches

25.5 x 68.5 x 28 centimeters

Gouldian Finches

2018

6 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 7 inches

16.5 x 37 x 18 centimeters

Sun Conures

2018

7 1/8 x 18 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches

18 x 46.5 x 18 centimeters