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WESTMINSTER — With the light entering through the windows of Julia Brandis' Westminster studio, the floor beams with colors from her stained glass artwork.

Brandis jokes that she has been working with stained glass for what feels like forever, though in reality, she has been doing it for nearly 20 years. She works on a variety of stained glass pieces, including window art and lampshades.

Brandis said she noticed a difference in her work when she moved to Vermont many years ago. She said her geometric pieces draw inspiration from the pine trees and other parts of the landscape.

"Thinking about water and land, even in geometric forms I tend to avoid cityscapes and focus more on the abstractions of the trees," Brandis said.

There are many stages that go into creating each piece of work.

"You have to make sure each piece fits properly; if each step has an error, it kinda snowballs," Brandis said. "I would like people to find them to be something that brings them peace. They are meant to be in someone's home, something for them to live with. I hope they can connect with it."

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