I looked at several images of the Virgin Mary on line; then closed my eyes; than drew upon my own inner light to come up with the image.
I first free hand drew the image of paper so that I can get proportions and posture ajusted the way I felt is most appropriate. Drawing on paper allows me to correct mistakes before engraving on glass where mistakes cannot be erased.
However, I would like to point out that what I have on paper is only an outline of the head, the body, and the posture. There are no details such as the rosary beads, the belt, the hair, or the cothing.
I leave to my own faith, imagination, and inner light to commit the detail directly onto the glass. I know that I will make mistakes; that is the mark of a human artist and not just a computerised rendering.
There are three layers of glass. The front layer is the engraving of the Virgin Mary; the middle layer is the sand blasting of the halo of light around Mary's head; and the back layer of glass holds my engraving of the ying yang symbol of balance.
The steel presinium arch around the sides of Mary conceal the LED's the provide the light.
I used the same process to perform the engraving of my mother at the other end of the table.