Sharra Frank is Celebrating the Beauty of the Animal World Through Mosaic Art

Mosaic art has been around for centuries, and Sharra Frank found a fun way to bring it into the 21st century. She uses a wide range of found objects to craft her unique mosaics, exploring all sorts of different subjects, but mostly focusing on the beauty of the animal world.

Love for mosaic art had followed Frank since her college years, and it all started with her first assignment to create mosaic still-life with scraps of painted paper. Her projects became bigger and bigger from that point on, and she learned everything she knows through trial and error while studying art at the University of Minnesota.

Two decades down the road, mosaics still remain her biggest passion, and she even led public art mosaic installations in addition to accepting private commissions. Her work explores all sorts of different subjects, but most of her recent creations have been inspired by the animal world.

Unlike most mosaic artists, Frank doesn’t work with glass alone. You’ll notice everything from beads and rhinestones to broken plates and found objects in her work, and she enjoys breathing a new life into these materials with a mysterious past.

“I collect mosaic materials from many different places such as local glass warehouses, online suppliers, estate sales, junkets, and thrift stores. I often receive calls from people who are ready to let go of a coveted collection, sea shells or old jewelry, for example,” she explains on her official website.