"Brilliant color in the natural world has always attracted me. We see high chroma colors in the sunrise and sunset, in the flowers of many plants, on the feathers of birds and the bodies of insects."
Drawing and painting have been a part of my life since I was young. I’ve always enjoyed studying and working with the patterns, colors and shapes that I find in nature and geometry. I find nature visually intriguing; it is the main inspiration for my art. Geometry is mentally intriguing and I enjoy adding mathematic concepts to my work. My Master’s thesis was “The Art and Science of Patterns, Visual Mathematics and Mathematical art.”
Creating art gives me a tranquil satisfaction. I take my paper and pencils outside and draw from nature, either in my own garden or while I am camping. Starting with realistic drawings of birds, flowers, insects and landscapes, I use those images and mathematical concepts to create abstracted images of nature. In nature, plants are filled with visual patterns. Flowers show radial and bilateral symmetry. Rhythm is apparent in the arrangement of leaves on a stem, and veins on the leaves. Sometimes the patterns are quite complex, other times simple and bold. I enjoy studying and drawing the patterns of nature I find.
Brilliant color in the natural world has always attracted me. We see high chroma colors in the sunrise and sunset, in the flowers of many plants, on the feathers of birds and the bodies of insects. We see warm colored flowers surrounded by cool colored leaves. A flower will show subtle variations of color and value when light plays on its surface. A sunset reflected in a lake is a luminous visual experience as light shimmers blindingly off the water. These views are some of the inspiration for color in my artwork.
My drawings and paintings bring enjoyment to me as I create them. Hopefully, my artwork stimulates curiosity and brings joy to the viewer.