Jeanice Crnich was born in Spokane, Washington, but grew up in wild and wonderful Wyoming. She spent most of her free time backpacking, hiking, fishing, and camping in the Rockies. She has always had a deep love and special appreciation for nature and wildlife. That passion and appreciation led her to study about nature and wildlife, receiving degrees from the University of Wyoming in Biology, Zoology, and Wildlife Management. She then went on to receive her license and certification in Wildlife Rehabilitation. She has been working to help save injured and orphaned wildlife ever since.
In her teens, Jeanice got started in stained glass while watching her mother. That love for the craft was always there and after her mother’s death, her passion for glass was re-kindled. She started using her mother’s tools to create simple pieces and progressively moved forward into more complicated and creative artwork. With the help of her husband and as her art became more popular, she began selling pieces at craft fairs and art shows around Wyoming. In 2010 she purchased her first kiln and started teaching herself what happens to glass at 1500 Degrees F. This was the beginning of a new direction for her artwork and allowed her to broaden her use of glass.
Now, a a breast cancer survivor, she enjoys making pieces to donate to fundraisers for cancer victims as well as wildlife rehabilitation. Her themes often include those things found in nature such as animals, birds, insects, plants, and flowers. She also enjoys exploring the many different techniques of kiln-formed glass.
Her stained glass has been featured in Birds and Blooms magazine. She was the first of the Editor’s Picks in the June/July 2012 Hummingbird edition.
In July 2016 Jeanice moved to New Mexico where she is enjoying the wildlife, art, and culture of the magnificent Southwest. She lives in Carlsbad with her husband Dave, chocolate lab Bridger, and cat Scruffy.