Artist Mary Tantillo
I gain most of the inspirations for my artwork from waves of energy, dynamic colors, and rhythms experienced in nature. I choose to express how that makes me feel through glass, a medium which constantly changes. The more I work with glass the more I come to appreciate life and the currents making everything flow together.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mary Tantillo was born and raised on Long Beach Island. Wildly creative from birth, she has always been inspired by the soul-touching surf. After earning a BA at the University of Miami and an MA at the University of Georgia, she became seriously intrigued with glass while living on the Left Coast, in Santa Cruz, where she trained at Kiss My Glass. She returned to New Jersey in 2001 to launch SwellColors. In 2005, she organized the First Annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour on Long Beach Island (www.lbiartists.com). This tour is an extension of Mary’s commitment to expanding our cultural community.
In addition to designing custom stained glass and mosaics, Mary has created her own line of jewelry called Beach Baby Beads. Her beads are infused with sand from favorite beaches and can be found in fine galleries and retail shops in the Caribbean and in Costa Rica as well as throughout the U.S. In May of 2006, she opened SwellColors Glass Studio & Local Art Gallery, which features artwork, a working studio, and classes for children and adults.
In the past ten years, Mary has completed hundreds of commissioned pieces for private residences in stained glass, mosaics, and fused glass. Mary’s stained glass artwork is currently found at m.t.Burton Gallery, in Surf City, NJ, The NJ Surfing Museum at the Tuckerton Seaport, the Noyes Museum Gift Shop, and Aragorn’s Studio, in Tortola, BVI. In August 2010, Mary completed the “100 Waves of Summer“ series. This four years in-the-making project features an original, limited edition, wave design representing each day of summer. Since then Mary completed follow up collections, Winter Sol, Primavera, and Harvest to represent every day of the year in a surf or nature inspired panel. These waves represent Mary’s personal appreciation for the energy, the cycles, and the currents that move her soul and paths in life.
Inspired by the soulful harmony of our natural environment. We are artists, designers, and students of the world around us.
SwellColors Glass Studio & Gallery
1715 Long Beach Blvd.
Surf City, NJ 08008