Margaret Willmoth Jensen
is an award-winning contemporary glass artist who has created a fresh approach to the ancient art of mosaic. To create her coveted glass wall art, she begins with exquisitely hand-crafted glass gathered from sources around the world. Unlike stained glass which is transparent, she uses opaque glass that is rich in color and visual characteristics. Her goal for each work of art is to be both visually exciting and tactile. Working in a freeform manner, she incorporates the characteristics, textural waves and natural effects of the glass into her designs, allowing the movement in the glass to drive the process. Each piece of glass is hand cut with precision and assembled like a jigsaw puzzle. The small space that separates each piece of glass will later be filled with grout.
Intersecting colors are a key element in Margaret’s work. Sometimes striking and bold, bursting with energy; at other times soothing and comforting. No two people will ever see exactly the same thing in Margaret’s work. She hopes that viewers will come to enjoy what she creates for their own reasons; that they will respond to the shapes, textures and colors of the glass. She also encourages them to reach out and touch the work to experience what the eye might not capture at first glance. “People are always surprised when I invite them to touch my work. Some pieces of glass are so smooth they feel like velvet to the touch; others have a distinct texture. Glass evokes the forms of movement that we see in the sky, land and bodies of water. To be able to connect with the work by both seeing and touching, you can’t escape being curious.”
Margaret has sold an impressive number of works to private and corporate collectors. Recently she was commissioned by Bank of the West to create the lobby art for their new Wealth Management Center in Newport Beach, California. She was also commissioned to create the lobby art for Bank of the West’s building in Omaha, Nebraska. Margaret enjoys a broad following, and her art has been acquired by collectors throughout the United States and parts of Europe.
A native of the United Kingdom, Margaret lives and creates her art in Laguna Beach.