Native Floridian Diane Bragg grew up in the Tampa Bay area and has been inspired by the tropical plants, flowers and wildlife she has encountered here since childhood, creating art reflecting the nature around her as she grew up. She attended the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and after 25 years of “conventional” work in the fields of graphic and advertising design, she returned to her more creative roots, working with Postich Stained Glass Studio in Largo, Florida. She soon established her own independent glass studio, and then partnered with her former husband working with stained and fused glass, as well as glass and metal sculpture. The pair travelled extensively, participating in and accumulating awards at art shows throughout the country, including annual appearances at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and St. Petersburg’s Mainsail Art Festival. Now as a solo artist with Diane Bragg Studio in Gulfport, the shapes, colors and essence of her artwork celebrate the roots, leaves and blooms of Florida as much as ever. Contemporary, bright and textural, Diane’s current fused glass pieces include jewelry, decorative wall plaques and hangings, including many that feature a single word of inspiration (“believe,” “breathe,” “imagine!”), as well as functional pieces such as clocks and coasters. Diane’s “Inspirations” line of fused glass plaques incorporate hand lettered calligraphy of a single word of inspiration combined with fused glass elements, complemented by a colorful focal piece of bright and textural dichroic glass. Diane currently lives in Safety Harbor, maintains a private studio/workspace in downtown Gulfport and holds fused and stained glass classes at Suntan Art Center in St. Pete Beach, FL. She is currently accepting fused glass commissions as well as new students for class and private instruction.