Reverse painting on glass has a long history. Examples from China and Rome dating back over 600 years, have been found. The techniques have been handed down from generation to generation. Farmers in countries like Romania, still paint idylic rural farm sceenes in reverse on glass during the long winter months. Another area where reverse painting is used, is in the sign business. Today most sign makers simply cut out Vynal letters and stick them on the glass. It’s faster and cheaper, yet effective.
I discoverd this art form quite by accident when painting some parts in my spray booth. I spilled some paint on a piece of glass. The next day I turned it over and was immediatly taken by the richness of color, clarity, depth and almost 3D effect the glass made. I was hooked from that moment. I started making large, very expensive pieces but then realized how much potential there was in offering small, high quality art at an affordable price. I continue to make the larger pieces, but the main thrust of my business is in small 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch pictures.
I use a computer to design my work, and then transfer the design onto glass. I hand paint my images using various types of paints and techniques. I then accent my work with abalone, mother of pearl, and different forms of delicate leaf, including 24K gold, pure silver and copper. The computer enables me to replicate the image in any size, but each piece is made unique by the variety of techniques and materials that I use. I’m fascinated with Art Deco and Art Nouveau and am currently trying to combine these two influences into a style I call “Deco-Nouveau.”
My center has always been my art and I have married my art with my love nature. I have always been captivated with beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, wolves, etc. Although I use them as subjects and influences in my work I do not limit myself to them. The size of my glass canvas may be small, but my subject matter is unlimited.
About Roger Kaye
Mr. Kaye is an artist, songwriter, inventor, and entrepreneur. From his music and songwriting, to his inventions, to his life travels, Roger has always been grounded and centered when creating. This new trail he his blazing is an interesting look into the marriage of ancient and modern art forms. His work encompasses organic natural forms, including graceful long-stemmed flowers and animal motifs, insects, abstracts and new age beleifs, and even religion are all explored. Bold curves, geometric ornamentation and everyday subject matter…. “Really any subject matter is up for grabs”, but Art Deco and Art Nouveau are his favorite styles.
When it comes down to his art, inventions, songwriting, and business in general, Roger has 2 simple philosophies “If it’s worth doing, make it pretty” and ” If you’re not the lead sled dog, the view never changes” ” Roger was born and raised in New York State. He currently lives and works in Glens Falls, NY.