I have been drawing and painting since I was a child and continue to this day. Naturally, my activity led me to art school and eventually into a career in Fine Art and Design. I have been exhibiting my art since I graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with my MFA. I have also created a career as a designer in the Fashion and Home Textile Industries. My art is a reflection of my passion for Visual Beauty and the emotional and spiritual expression of life throughout the Universe. I am interested in representing this both in a figurative and abstract sense in my work.
My current body of drawings are a combination of pen, ink, acrylic and colored pencil on mylar. The mylar creates a deep, milky, smooth, white space in which each form levitates and creates the illusion of existing in 3-dimensions. The drawings evoke an Alien or ancient form combined with a hybrid of plant, animal, and human forms. The movement and repetition in the drawings create fractal like structures that are abundant in nature. Evolution is alluded to in the work, as each form is an organic hybrid of various forms of life, depicted in a state of transformation and metamorphosis . The insect-like bodies appear to be evolving braids resulting in a human shape, dissolving the distinction between plant, animal, and human forms and fusing abstract and figurative elements. The result reflects the evolutionary process of beginning with the simplest, one celled organism evolving into the various complex expressions of life.
My paintings reflect my interest in nature and the creative/destructive forces present throughout the cosmos. The interaction of chemicals and the fluidity that creates an organic life form are the same processes of nature that carve out planets and continents . The paintings also reflect fractal patterns, which are patterns left behind due to unpredictable natural processes. The branching of trees, the veins of a hand, water moving and twisting through canals and riverbeds are a few examples.
The paintings create a tension between the effect of gravity on the paint and the use of controlled intention behind the flow. They are a metaphor for Nature's creative and destructive forces as well as my reflections on the beauty of planet earth from an aerial perspective and/ or a microscopic one. They can be waves, the movement of land masses, or the circulating of blood in an organism. In my view, the Universe is a living whole where all beings coexist and share the one life breathing throughout the Cosmos.
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