Paul Messink, Glass Artist
I create hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that exhibit nature in deep dimension, presenting natural objects around us in a new way. My goal is to draw the viewer into the work of art, transforming a painting (an historically 2D art form) into something more. My outdoor subjects often recede into a foggy distance, creating an ethereal, almost ghostly effect.
Viewers frequently ask if a photograph has been embedded in layers of glass. But using only enamel applied by hand, I create depth using several techniques: layering, diminishing size and color, texture, and translucence. I typically use 9-12 layers of glass, then kiln-cast them into a solid panel after all layers are complete.
About Paul Messink
Paul Messink is a late-career artist who draws on prior drawing and painting experience to create hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that present nature in deep dimension. While mostly self taught, he has been fortunate to learn from artists such as Susan Taylor Glasgow, Mark Salsbury, Annette Baron, and Don Schneider.
Messink was awarded “Best in Glass” in the 2012 Royal Oak Clay, Glass and Metal show (Royal Oak, MI), and was awarded “Multi-Media Artist of the Year” in the Art Comes Alive 2013 competition (Cincinnati, OH). In the fall of 2013 he participated in his first group show, “Kiln-Formed Glass” at the Vale Craft Gallery (Chicago, IL).
You can see my work at my upcoming exhibits and shows - please click the link above to see my exhibit/show schedule.