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Ocean-themed Mosaic Work Of Rebecca Sauer At Emerald C Gallery

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 5:19 pm

Whether you’re a resident or just visiting Coronado, you owe yourself the favor of making a trek to Emerald C Gallery to check out the brilliant ocean-themed mosaic work of Coronado resident Rebecca Sauer.

Sauer, who works as a critical care nurse by day, taught herself the art some 20 years ago when she resided in Philadelphia. Born into a locally-prominent family in upstate New York that valued culture and achievement, she was pressed into attending University of the Arts as a music major, with a focus on opera. While opera might have been the calling her parents sought for her, Sauer had other dreams, and when she and a friend were introduced to a prolific Philadelphia mosaic artist, she was captivated by the intricate and colorful work, and was soon teaching herself the art.

As a beginner, she used broken dishes and leftover tiles where she could find them. Her first pieces lacked the finesse and depth of color she desired, but with the further development of the internet, she was able to source more vibrant glass tiles online. She began slowly refining her technique and discovering her own style, creating the vivid pieces she had imagined.

Since her earliest memories, Sauer’s heart has always been with the ocean and marine life. She took a year off from college to study bottlenose dolphins in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and coral reef ecology in the Turks and Caicos, after earning her dive certification. When she returned to school after a year, she learned that the classical music program at University of the Arts had been disbanded. Seizing the opportunity, she left the school to further pursue a career that involved diving and the ocean, and enrolled in paramedic school, which enabled her to work in hyperbaric medicine. While fulfilling, career options in that particular field are limited, so she turned her thoughts to nursing, where jobs are plentiful and allowed for travel around the country.

While working as a nurse on the east coast, she had her sights set on living near the Pacific Ocean, and eventually, she and her husband David, a native of Brussels, Belgium, set out to make that happen. The couple arrived in the San Diego area in 2009, and Sauer recalled that the first time her toes touched the Pacific, it was on Coronado Beach. Dolphins were playing just beyond the surf line, and the beach was fairly empty. She had discovered paradise.

Sauer continued her mosaic endeavors, with the local marine life she loved as her inspiration. In 2012, son Andre was born. Knowing that he needed a first-rate public school system, they realized that their dream of living in Coronado was becoming a necessity, and so in 2017, they finally made the leap, and became official residents. It was her son that inspired her business name.

While busy with her career and family, Sauer carves out regular time for her mosaic work. Her studio is the coffee table in their tiny living room, which also serves as an office for David.
Her passion is creating elaborate, whimsical mosaics using old surfboards as her canvas, which she sources from Craigslist and yard sales. Fishes, coral, and octopi have been recent themes, with brilliant blues and oranges bringing the works to life. She’s also drawn to the colors and themes of Mexican art and artists, and is currently working on a mosaic portrait of Frida Kahlo that will eventually be mounted to a surfboard.

The work is painstaking and at times tedious, and each piece can take 70-100 hours to complete. She still makes occasional trips to Mexico to source the colorful Talavera tiles that she uses for some of her work, but now gravitates mostly to stained glass, fused glass, and smalti to execute her beloved marine life themes.

While still working on the Kahlo piece, she’s already envisioning the next, and shared with me a panoramic photo of the Hotel Del Coronado and Point Loma, taken from atop the bridge during this year’s Bay Bridge Run. We joked that she might need a longboard for that project, but she remarked that she must use boards under 5 foot 8 inches, as anything longer would prevent David from accessing his desk!

Sauer also creates beautiful mosaic guitars and jewelry, which can also be found (and purchased!) at Emerald C Gallery.

To learn more and to contact Sauer about her work or to commission a piece, please visit www.mosaicmamasd.com.

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