Joline El-Hai, a longtime resident of Seattle, is the artist and owner of Bella Luz Studio.
My work is filled with a sense of movement, rich coloring and bold, detailed imagery of a darkly mysterious and narrative quality. A gardener with deep roots in the earth, the drama and intimacy of the natural world often inform my designs. Inspired by travels to West Africa, I am fascinated with masks and enjoy creating faces and creatures that blur the line between human and animal.
Raised under the sun-soaked skies of southern California, I developed an enduring passion for light and vivid color.
In 1975 I was introduced to glass and began designing and fabricating stained glass panels and windows. Over the years I have expanded the scope of my work to include glass jewelry, fused glass wall sculpture, giclée prints of pastel drawings, and a nationally-known and popular production line of decorative lights and note cards.
I welcome commissions and enjoy the collaborative process.