Years before Ukranian artist Inna Bugeja fell in love with a Maltese man, and the island which would become her new home and birth place of her child, she fostered a deep adoration for glass.
Wood, canvas, ceramic, and iron have all acted as sufficient surfaces for Inna’s artwork – but it was on stained glass in particular where she feels she can properly convey her deep emotional connection to her second home.
Bugeja has had a lifelong interest in painting, and eventually went on to study art in Ukraine for five years where she experimented with various forms. She finally deduced that stained-glass work would be her creative weapon-of-choice.
“Each glass painting piece takes me about ten days to create.” Inna told Lovin’ Malta. “I use special transparent, opaque and pearl colors to make light effects, and apply point-to-point painting techniques.”
Inna has lived in Malta for over a decade now, and as the island has been the place of her marriage, her child’s birth, and new home – it has naturally acted as a bottomless source of artistic inspiration.
Bugeja says, “I’ve lived in Malta for over 10 years. I love this sunny, wonderful Island. So, I thought, I have to share my beautiful Malta in marvelous colours, and in my own style.”
You can find more of Inna’s stunning stained glass homages to her adoptive home island on her Facebook page, Stained Glass by IB.