The idea of multiple realities and interconnectedness in the natural world, as well as an exploration of color and line, are the main focus of my new work. Influenced by a recent art residency in Assisi, Italy; Dante's Divine Comedy; the Hindu epic, The Ramayana; Japanese kimono textile design, and Byzantine & Northern Renaissance painting, among others, my otherworldly environments are often inhabited by a lone figure lost in a chaotic world.
I combine mostly nature-based, fragmented 'puzzle piece' images (from sketchbooks, photos or the outdoors) to create relationships between disparate elements, always looking for connections. I'm attempting to confirm the concept from Western physics and Eastern philosophy that all phenomena is interdependent and interconnected. Fritjof Capra's writings on chaos theory are especially fascinating to me. He explains that, thanks to advanced computer technology, the movement of clouds, fire, falling leaves and other forms of motion in nature previously thought to be somewhat random or 'chaotic,’ are actually measurable and have very similar mathematical patterns.
My new series of gouache explorations usually begin with parts of an orange tree. Ever since a trip to Rome where I healed quickly from an illness by painting under a 900-year-old orange tree still bearing fruit, I try to include an orange tree in almost every work. The orange tree is for me a symbol of rejuvenation and hope.