Paul Messink is an award-winning kiln-work glass artist and noted international instructor who draws on prior drawing and painting experience to create hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that present nature and figures in deep dimension. While mostly self-taught, Messink has been fortunate to learn from artists such as Susan Taylor Glasgow, Richard LaLonde, and Mark Salsbury.
Viewers frequently ask if a photograph has been embedded in layers of glass. But using only enamel applied by hand, Paul Messink creates depth using several techniques including layering, diminishing size and color, texture, and translucence. He typically uses 9-25 layers of glass; they are then kiln-cast into a solid panel after all layers are complete.
"I’m often drawn to the ethereal, to the 'unknown' hidden in the mist. Mystery and a slight melancholy run through many of my pieces, which I make by fusing together (in a kiln) anywhere from nine to 25 layers of hand-enameled glass into a single, thick panel. Each layer contains a part of the final image and when fused, the finished work contains unique depth, dimension, and an interaction with light not found in other painted art forms.
I’m best known for painting misty landscapes and for figurative work, although I'll sometimes tackle other subjects."