My work intends to create beauty by breaking down the natural world into landscape stories of pattern and design. I am fixated on perfecting organic line and mixing unique purposeful colors. I paint primarily with enamel on glass or acrylic on canvas with some variance using mixed media. Most of my work plays homage to nature’s perfection while blurring the line between urban and bucolic. Growing up in Milwaukee, WI and spending many years in Brooklyn, NY, I find managed landscapes and city nature are also of great importance to me. Educated in ecology and geography, my eye has been trained to analyze nature’s complex and simple forms that I render in my paintings.
Globalization focused primarily on corporate interests has created unwanted consequences for the human psyche. In the illusion that we have access to everything, we often cease to see anything. It is my wish to pedal back to a singular beautiful truth and add an essence of the now to my images. As a lifelong environmentalist, I am deeply concerned with current trends towards progress that threaten vital resources, ecosystems and human happiness. These issues encourage me to work natural beauty and organic design into themes of impermanence, migration, place and time.
Inspire me: folk art, street art, historic buildings, Japanese woodcuts, Fauvists, Surrealists, art deco, wallpaper design, NYC subway, city birds, clean water, crane migrations, gardens & truth