Ann Alonzo

I am originally from Chicago, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While there, I studied painting, drawing, pottery and weaving. My family moved to Arizona in 1979.

The brilliant sunshine and spectacular scenery of the magnificent American southwest inspired me to create artwork filled with light and color. For several years, my husband and I owned Artees Signs & Shirts, where I created many computer graphic images for silkscreen printing and lettering, as well as custom airbrushed imagery on T-shirts. I hand weave many colorful rugs on my old-fashioned loom. I also create charmimg, small sculptured wire with gemstone trees. As for finebart, I enjoy painting large abstract images in acrylics. One of my great joys is drawing realistic colored pencil portraits and especially, images of flowers and foilage.

Mote recently, I’ve discovered the wonderful artistry of fused glass, I create colorful decorative plates, both large and small, featuring geometric shapes or abstract flowers. Lately, my passion is fused dichroic glass jewelry, which is a distinctive and contemporary addition to the vast tradition of jewelry making.

In my Sierra Vista studio, I cut the glass and work with my kiln to refine and fire the colorful pieces until they become dazzling cabochons. Next, I dramatically wrap each glittering creation with gold or silver wire, and for a finishing, flourish add sparkling crystals. Each glass and metal jewelry creation is a fusion of light, shape, color, and feminine beauty. You’ll delight in the compliments you will receive when you wear one of these unique pieces of wearable art.