Plant City resident, Ruth Bolles, is a fantastic stained glass artist. Bolles’ technique and creativity leaps out at you when you view her wonderful artwork. Bolles works under the name Fragments of My Imagination.

Bolles is originally from Michigan and worked as a Graphic Designer for over 30 years. She has been creating stained glass for 18 years. Since moving to Florida, she retired from the show circuit.

Bolles now conducts classes sharing her craft with others. Bolles uses the copper foil method of construction. “I create traditional and non-traditional compositions in stained glass, although I prefer the organic flowing lines I witness in nature. My style emerges as these influences combine with my sense of intuition and self. The subject matter does not restrict itself to the two-dimensional world; it flows over into the three-dimensional in the form of candle shelters, wall sconces and decorative vessels,” Bolles explained.

Bolles got into stained glass simply by taking a class. “That class turned into a passion for stained glass,” said Bolles. Her style leans toward nature. “It may not always be a literal showing of nature. Trees are a big thing in my art,” said Bolles.

Bolles uses a lot of found pieces in her art. A piece might start with a reclaimed vase and end up as a beautiful original piece of art.

While she may no longer be on the show or outdoor art festival tour, Bolles continues to show her artwork.
She took first place at this year’s Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show. In addition, Bolles has a piece accepted into an upcoming show at the Tampa Regional Artists (TRA) in Hyde Park, and hopes to be accepted into a show at the Melvin Art Gallery in Lakeland.

For more information find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fragmentsofmyimagination.