Our family has been enjoying museums and art galleries together for 30 years and couldn’t be more excited about the “A” in YAM. Our Art Gallery is inside the yoga studio, allowing yoga students to enjoy beautiful local art while practicing yoga
– Jen Johnson
Daniela Pasqualini is an experienced Italian painter based in the United States whose abstract works have been exhibited internationally and are held in private collections worldwide. Since she was a child, Pasqualini has been expressing herself through drawing and sketching, developing a passion for the arts. By breaking down elements of flora and fauna, she transforms her observations of nature onto the canvas, bringing rhythm to splashes of vibrant color and creating texture through form.
“My paintings convey years of travel seeking stories of all kind; experiences involving nature, places, people and sounds that are woven into the relationship with vibrant colors, texture and lines. It is a sculptural interpretation of the images and emotion accumulate from my travels.”
Amy grew up in Houston, TX, and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After graduating college, Amy worked in the music business as the Southwest Promotions Director for Lyric Street Records. Following the music business, she was an Affiliate Relations Director for ESPN Radio, and then ABC Television network. After leaving her 10-year corporate career to take on the challenges of motherhood, Amy found a passion in working with glass, allowing her to channel her love of music and sports in art form. Amy began focusing her efforts on a particular canvas: the body of an acoustic guitar. The guitar became a natural fit for her bold and edgy work.
A self-taught artist, Amy’s signature style of creating one-of-a-kind glass sculptures using acoustic guitars as her canvas led her to launch Glass Axes in 2009. Her guitar sculptures hang on the walls of hotels, restaurants, private homes, and offices belonging to several renowned folks in the music industry, sports executives, and musical artists.
Through the years, Amy’s creative process has evolved, but some things remain the same. Her process starts by prepping the acoustic guitar – stripping it of the strings and bridge and sanding it down to prepare the surface for glass and glue. The glass cutting starts with sheets of glass that she hand cuts into pieces to resemble whatever shape is needed for the design she creates. Each piece is glued by hand to the guitar, the edges are smoothed with a Dremel, and the glass is grouted. A paintbrush is used to grout the glass, ensuring no missed space. Her grout colors tend to mimic the color of the glass used in the design, this way, the focus is on the glass and not the grout. After drying, the residual grout is cleaned off the surface of the glass with a lint-free cloth and toothpick. The edges of the grout lines that outline the guitar are reinforced with resin, and finally, the whole sculpture is ready to hang. The process takes about two weeks, depending on the design’s detail and how many grout colors are used for finishing. The design of each guitar fills the body and the fret and wraps around the sides. She does not glass the back of the guitar, much like a painter doesn’t paint the back of a canvas.
Amy lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband and son. Amy grew up an athlete, so when she’s not
in her studio, she can be found on a tennis court or golf course feeding her passion for