About This Series
My work is process-driven and the result of that process is biomorphic
imagery. This is particularly in evidence in these large paintings, each
4 x 6'.
Mimicking nature, I build my work from components. Nature uses cells,
eggs, leaves, pebbles, water droplets; I use brushes loaded with washes
of ink and acrylic paint and water. I deposit a series of puddles of
this, large or small, onto a variety of surfaces (Mylar, paper, canvas,
board), just like the turtle or salmon lays its eggs. And just as in
nature, the environment influences what then happens. In the case of my
work, the drying process shapes the results; these vary depending on the
support. Inevitably, edges emerge both on the periphery and in the
interior of each amoeba-like form. Sometimes many small components float
within the picture plane; sometimes they vary in size and interact. At
other times I cut out the forms and assemble them in bas-relief and
hanging assemblages. Formal concerns like composition and color provide
structure within which forms are deployed.
The biomorphic imagery of the work engages viewers in both internal and
social conversations about natural environments, as they “read” many
different objects—shells, rock strata, geodes, cells under a
microscope—into what they see.