The burnished gold smalti used in this piece is that of the leftover supply from the mosaics of the Cathedral Bascilica of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri, housing one of the world's largest mosaic collections in the world! The mosaics, made of all Italian smalti, were installed beginning in 1912 and were finally completed in 1988. My Aspen Winter Tree series did not take quite that long.
The Aspens, Winter II 2014
burnished gold smalti and smalti
16″ x 16″