KYLE HUNTER GOODWIN illuminates the undersea world in his dramatic carved glass and ethereal glass creations. With a deep relationship to the ocean and its waves, the artist's intimate knowledge of his subject lends a mastery to these life-like glass sculptures.
Shaped by the tides on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida, Kyle's artistic roots evolved from his lifelong passions for surfing, fishing, sailing and beach culture. "I began drawing sea life as soon as I could hold a pencil," he says. "And while drawing was my initial form of visual expression, my discovery of sandblasted glass in 1994 became my greatest source of inspiration. With its ability to be manipulated in so many exciting ways, glass presents new challenges and possibilities every day." With an innate and driving hunger, Kyle believes there are no rules or boundaries - his artistic mind is free to dream. Constantly employing unique techniques and original hand-drawn designs, he strives to create the most 3D and realistic designs in glass possible.
"My handmade glass waves start as flat glass. First, I create the textures and contours with heavy sandcarving then slowly heat the glass to around 1300 degrees where it reaches a delicate softened state and is bendable. Many waves get a single heating session (which is around 15 hours for heating and cooling) and some get a second round of heating which is how I get the greater pitch of a barreling-type wave.
These are a lot of fun to create because I'm never certain how they'll turn out and, just like in nature, no two waves are ever alike," Kyle says.
Kyle's carved glass, wave sculptures, custom doors, sandblasted and etched glass are available through High Tide Gallery.