In 1992, Dave's artistic father, Ted, became obsessed with devising a way to display the Pysanka keepsakes other than eggs in a "giant cognac glass or bowl " found in most Ukrainian-Canadian homes.
In 1993, Ted started cutting up eggs and making collages (primitive mosaics), but his process took hundreds of hours. Ted completed only four of the initial art works. Each family member was given one ofTed's mosaic with the fourth being purchased and displayed in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. Before Ted died in 1995, he taught his technique and process to Dave.
It took Dave another 2 ½ years of R & D, trial and error to finally come up with a process that would display the Ukrainian Easter Egg - Pysanka- to another level of artistic beauty and preservation. He has incorporated a traditional form of Ukrainian art that can now also be displayed into a contemporary fashion.
The technique still incorporates a lengthy process, a unique very high speed saw with carbide and diamond tipped ultra thin blades. Eggs that are too brittle or old in age can instantly shatter, if you can imagine, there's wastage, at times you are very lucky to get 60 per cent of an egg.
Then there is a process of soaking the pieces for a specific time period in an unique three part solution to soften and preserve the dye colors from fading or running. Once this is complete, the next process begins of painstakingly puzzling together hundreds / thousands of pieces together in forming the unique mosaic before the pieces harden once again.
Once complete and allowed to dry, each mosaic is then given and finished with an unique three part commercial clear plastic resin. The finish is equivalent to over fifty coats of varnish and can be best described as a very smooth finish as if a glass topping were overlayed on the mosaic, but with half and quarter eggs pieces protruding giving the mosaic a truly three dimensional effect.
In the last few years, Dave has taught the process to his mother Evelyn who now also creates some uniquely colored and designed mosaics. Both have their own unique styles in creating the mosaics.
They often work together in advising each other of patterns and designs.
There never will be two mosaics alike, each will be its own unique art piece that basically can never be duplicated.