"I really enjoyed class and creating art out of glass," he said.
His teacher told him he had a natural talent for it. She also introduced him to fused glass.
In 2012, Suidikas had extra glass from his stained glass projects that he planned to donate to the Westminster Senior and Community Center.
But when he took the work to the facility, he said, he "never left." He became the volunteer stained glass instructor there. When he started teaching, only six people were in his class. Now, he has 23 students.
"I am never without my camera and have taken thousands of photographs," he said. "I like going out to Bear Branch Nature Center."
Since he enjoys photography and loves birds, Suidikas decided to create a raven in stained glass. His image is a raven on a branch under a moon. He also built a rack to hold it so it could be displayed free standing.
Suidikas also took a basics class on fused glass at a stained glass shop in Frederick. Shortly thereafter, he began making things up to create original artwork.
He said he likes taking artwork and putting it in glass. One of the images he created is of a Persian dancer.
He also does ship modeling. Most of his ships are "plank on frame," which means they are built one plank at a time as real ships are.
He said he prefers to build the sailing ships and fishing trawlers out of wood, including exotic foreign woods, walnut and maple.
One of his more intricate art projects is based on the stories of Sherlock Holmes, which he and his wife have long enjoyed.
"The characters in the story are always traveling in London in the Hansom cabs," he said. "So I decided to make a model of one."
After unsuccesfuly attempting to find a kit online, he decided to make one himself. He found a company in Montana that had plans for a full size one. He bought the plans and built a model of it, made from poplar and basswood with some walnut and mahogany. The interior is done with wallpaper and wood paneling.
"It took me a couple hundred hours easily to make it," Suidikas said.