From his background as an entrepreneur, investigative correspondent for national television shows, keynote speaker, and author of popular books about white-collar crime, Chuck Whitlock is now channeling his innovative talents to design and fuse unique glass artwork.
My photo-fused glasswork, which may take 50 – 90 hours to kiln-fuse in numerous firings, unites photos, art glass, and the interplay of light in multiple layers of glass. My goal is to create intriguing images deep inside thick, multilayered glass to draw in viewers for a closer look. I never tire of answering the question, “How did you do that?”
While I was excited to know that people were learning from and enjoying my television reports, speeches, and true-crime books, it is now my hope that people will enjoy my multi-layered, fused-glass art projects and find the unique process as fascinating as I do. Although many think of glass as rigid and simple (if they think about it at all), I find it to be beautifully complex and full of possibilities.
After producing stained and fused-glass artwork for some years, I began combining my interest in photography with my love of art glass. My subject matter can be anything a photographer might shoot, although I am especially partial to emotive scenes found in nature. Deep inside my kiln-fused pieces you might find images of beautiful landscapes, close-ups of small subjects such as flowers, and vivid images of wildlife which have been permanently married to layers of art glass.
I may select subjects from my own photographs, or I may use a customer’s personal photo to design an individualized, custom piece. On occasion, I may collaborate with professional photographers like Paul Schreiber and Alan Morris to create special works of art.
To complement my glasswork, I add dramatic stone bases, custom-made frames of walnut or cherry wood, and handmade metal bases.
Chuck Whitlock’s distinctive artwork has been sold in West Coast galleries and exhibitions. Recently, his work has been seen locally in the Sunset Vision, Silver Arts, and Bellamy Mansion shows. Selected artwork may be found at the Fidler’s Gallery in the Cotton Exchange in Wilmington, NC.