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Paul Messink, Glass Artist

I create hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that exhibit nature in deep dimension, presenting natural objects around us in a new way. My goal is to draw the viewer into the work of art, transforming a painting (a historically 2D art form) into something more. My outdoor subjects often recede into a foggy distance, creating an ethereal, almost ghostly effect.


Viewers frequently ask if a photograph has been embedded in layers of glass. But using only enamel applied by hand, I create depth using several techniques: layering, diminishing size and color, texture, and translucence. I typically use 9-12 layers of glass, then kiln-cast them into a solid panel after all layers are complete.





This video was produced by Emmy award-winning videographer, Marilyn Chung, of the Desert Sun.  It's a great 2-minute introduction to Paul Messink!



For the full text of the Desert Sun article written by Rosalie Murphy, click here.


About Paul Messink 

Paul Messink is an award-winning artist and international instructor working in kiln-formed glass, who draws on prior drawing and painting experience to create hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that present nature in deep dimension. While mostly self-taught, he has been fortunate to learn from artists such as Susan Taylor Glasgow, Richard LaLonde, Mark Salsbury, Annette Baron, and Don Schneider.  He now teaches his own unique techniques in workshops throughout the US and internationally.

Messink was awarded “Best in Glass” in the 2012 and 2014 Royal Oak Clay, Glass and Metal show (Royal Oak, MI), and was awarded “Multi-Media Artist of the Year” in the Art Comes Alive 2013 competition (Cincinnati, OH).  In 2014 he received a category award in The Glass Prize 2014, sponsored by Warm Glass UK, and was also awarded "Best in Show" at the 2014 GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland, sponsored by the Indiana Glass Art Alliance.  In 2015 he won the "People's Choice Award in Glass" at the 3rd Brea Clay and Glass Exhibit, in Brea CA.   In 2016, he was awarded a Purchase Award in the Art Comes Alive 2016 competition (Cincinnati, OH), and won a 2017 First Place award at GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland, sponsored by the Indiana Glass Art Alliance. 

Messink has participated in numerous group shows around the country.  He teaches in the US, Europe, and Mexico.


You can see my work at my upcoming exhibits and shows - please click the link above to see my exhibit/show schedule.

Feel free to contact me using the Contact form (use the link at the bottom of this page), or:  

      Phone:   734-945-2112
      Email:    Paul@PaulMessink.com   

My home is in Palm Desert, California.  I have studios in both Palm Desert and at the nearby Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio, CA.