In my work I have explored the abstract patterns of natural phenomena, such as how water molecules becomes hexagonal when frozen and how human development seen from 30,000 feet mimics cell imagery. I’m intrigued by geometric forms that exist as perfect shapes mathematically, but are expressed imperfectly in their organic state. When painting, I work freehand to contrast the concept of straight lines with the reality of imperfect marks.

My love of natural patterns began when I was a teenager with a camera, roaming the countryside of California’s North Bay. I traveled east for college and majored in Religious Studies, but always kept my creative interests separate from my intellectual pursuits. In time, these separate strands began to weave together, culminating in my latest series, “Cathedral.”

I find the religious altarpiece paintings of the early Middle Ages deeply affecting and sumptuous. With my triptychs inspired by nature, I am echoing these works but have depicted earthly elements in place of the religious. An abstracted environment is now on the pedestal.

As I explore these geometric and organic landscapes, I’m curious how we find guidance in our secular era. Is sitting in the forest like kneeling on a prayer bench? Do we find redemption standing beneath a roaring waterfall? Do we glorify the environment that sustains us? These magical realism paintings depict spaces that are both imagined and familiar, and present nature as a cathedral.

Artists who have influenced my work include Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Frank Stella, Ruth Asawa, Monir Farmanfarmaian, and Jan van Eyck.

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In my work I have explored the abstract patterns of natural phenomena, such as how water molecules becomes hexagonal when frozen and how human development seen from 30,000 feet mimics cell imagery. I’m intrigued by geometric forms that exist as perfect shapes mathematically, but are expressed imperfectly in their organic state. When painting, I work freehand to contrast the concept of straight lines with the reality of imperfect marks.

My love of natural patterns began when I was a teenager with a camera, roaming the countryside of California’s North Bay. I traveled east for college and majored in Religious Studies, but always kept my creative interests separate from my intellectual pursuits. In time, these separate strands began to weave together, culminating in my latest series, “Cathedral.”

I find the religious altarpiece paintings of the early Middle Ages deeply affecting and sumptuous. With my triptychs inspired by nature, I am echoing these works but have depicted earthly elements in place of the religious. An abstracted environment is now on the pedestal.

As I explore these geometric and organic landscapes, I’m curious how we find guidance in our secular era. Is sitting in the forest like kneeling on a prayer bench? Do we find redemption standing beneath a roaring waterfall? Do we glorify the environment that sustains us? These magical realism paintings depict spaces that are both imagined and familiar, and present nature as a cathedral.

Artists who have influenced my work include Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Frank Stella, Ruth Asawa, Monir Farmanfarmaian, and Jan van Eyck.

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