This work is about my obsession and love of pattern and structure. I see pattern as the building blocks of the world around us much in the same way as scientists who compare the internal cellular structure of cells of a plant with star formations, wave patterns to solar wind flows. I see these patterns expressed all around us. I have painted the patterned fabrics of Japanese kimonos, of flowers and leaves, of abstract geometry.
In this body of work I explore patterns we see on the sides of buildings, on sidewalks, in the degraded surfaces of abandoned structures. Rust and wood peel, anodized steel corrugated siding, cast cement blocks, window decals all have patterns that evoke the built urban inorganic man-made environment. Similarly, the patterns of leaves, waves, bark, clouds, plants growths and other forms found in the unaltered organic world we call nature, also provide me with raw material.
However I want to avoid these associations, and present the work out of context and allow the eye and mind to enjoy them for the simple forms that are all around us. Colored with a varying mixture of pastels, powdered pigments, graphite and charcoal, they take on a life of their own, as objects of wonder and beauty, with deep associations in our being we can feel but don’t know.
The work has a three dimensional surface due to the etching process and the coloring brings out this surface structure.