Washington STate Stained Glass Artist Edward Arnot

Stained glass artist Ed Arnot

 Ed finds his most of his inspiration in the natural landscape around the Columbia River Gorge where he lives. He says there is always inspiration in the natural world and he find glass an alluring and endlessly creative medium that gives him the ability to find and create these natural shapes and transitions.

 Ed is relatively self taught, but has worked in 6 studios and on 3 continents for over 20 years. H has now settled down in Washington State with his family and started his own studio where he builds beautiful art for residences and churches throughout North America. Different insights from many of those different artists and studios have helped him develop the unique style and solid fabrications that he is known for.

 To Ed, glass represents endless opportunites to transform his highly detailed painting style seamlessly into leaded panels. His traditional artistic influences lean towards stained glass artist John LeFarge, and painter John singer sargent, where the art has an old world feel to it. But while those influences are traditional his work has it's own slant to it. He takes a little bit more of a whimsical look at the world, creating glass art that has more of a slightly different outside-the-box look and feel.

 Ed really enjoys pushing his clients to think about glass in different ways, outside the normal window installations. Lit boxes, wall sconces, chandeliers are all different ways that glass can and should be incorporated into life. He loves when his clients are "hands on" with their designs, to him that allows for the glass art to become personal to the one that is going to exist side by side with it.

"Stained glass needs to be pushed into the future. It has been around for a thousand years and this art form needs to branch out into newer, bigger, better things. Although religious institutions have and will continue to sustain the stained glass field, glass must be thought of as a three dimension art form. For this art form to survive, to thrive, it needs to be dusted off and reminded of it's worth."