Bill Mellberg joined those exhibiting at our 1st street gallery in July. Bill is a retired aerospace materials engineer who worked for Lockheed Martin for almost 20 years.
I have always been a “maker” of some kind my entire life. I have experience in plastic and composite fabrication, wood fabrication, ceramic slab forms and recently fused glass. I bought a used Skutt kiln in 2018 and had it refurbished expecting to use it for my ceramics work. A neighbor of mine, Ken Boyd is a stained glass artist who does flame work making beautiful beads. He said “have you considered doing fused glass in your new kiln”? That question started me on a year long journey to study the art form and take several classes at Bullseye in Emeryville.
During the shelter in place I had no clay, but had lots of scrap glass from a ACGA friend. I got my MA in Art from CSU San Jose in the 70’s in cast polyester resin sculptures, so the transition to glass was pretty easy. Most of my pieces are a strong geometric form with a nature theme of trees and leaves in bright colors. I like using the three secondary colors as a common pallet. I’m excited to be part of the gallery and look forward to meeting more of you, with your mask on, I can always remember a face
I paint symbols. Whales are solitary creatures who symbolize wisdom, awareness and intuition. In this painting I have a mother and baby humpback whale in deep ultramarine waters with rays of light streaming down from above. I used just three colors; ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and white. The ultramarine is the color of the night sky and deep water. It has a calming effect on the human psyche and represents stability. The cobalt blue has a blue-green tint that represents shallow water and sky. It is one of my most popular paintings. You can see more of my work at www.franktrozzo.com
acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″
Dragonflies represent different things in different cultures, but mostly they represent speed, self-realization, and the ability to overcome obstacles. They are amazing to watch. I have red, blue, and green dragonflies in my garden. Occasionally a red-brown one too. The structure of their wings is an amazing work of creation. Here I represent the life cycle using turquoise for water, greens for plants, browns and tans for grasses and earth. The red-violet represents stability, nobility, energy and creativity. The geometric shapes denotes their place in the metaphysical world; the world of the subconscious, dreams and collective mind.
acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″
Elephants represent good fortune and positivity. They are a remarkable presence exuding power and strength. I love elephants. I remember the first time I was taken to the zoo and allowed to touch one. It impressed me so deeply I’m still in awe whenever I see one. This painting is meant to remind us of the cycles of life. We need to also to remember that elephants are endangered and we must do what we can to ensure their survival. Here I’ve painted an elephant parade around a baby elephant. I used yellows, Venetian red, browns, grays and greens to show their connection to the earth. The geometric shapes denotes their place in the metaphysical world; the world of the subconscious, dreams and collective mind.
Photography on Metal with invisible floating frame – 30″ by 20″
Humpback Whale – taken in the Shetland Islands (Antarctic Circle) on 1/5/2020, in a bay where it is estimated that 250 individuals were feeding. It was an extraordinary experience with a species that was on the brink of extinction before a 1966 moratorium. The undersides of Humpback Whale tails are like human fingerprints, and allow for identification from photos. Purchase of this photo will come with a unique tracking code that will allow you to track the whale’s movements on happywhale.com.