Paintings

Underwater

Underwater is my series of acrylic paintings and drawings. For each painting I created a system using only three colors and their tints, layered in a predetermined order. I chose colors that reminded me of ocean water at different depths. I determined the shapes by beginning the painting with a linear structure that was flowing, hemmed in by the edges of the painting, like water in an aquarium. I used cell shapes to show the buffeting, flowing, changing and "soft edged" qualities of water, the cells reminding me of the connection of water and life.

Underwater 1
Composite Map 1

Maps

I manipulate maps using acrylic paint on map collages to explore geopolitical, socio-economic and environmental relationships between and within countries. I reinterpret maps to create the unexpected connections that emphasize these relationships.

Cities

Cities is an ongoing series of painted maps of American cities. Loosely based on the idea of a 75-mile radius map, these paintings reveal patterns of density and development as the diameter of the circles widen.

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Big Bang 1995-2005

My Big Bang Series is an attempt to visually recreate a view of dynamic systems and the events they activate. These oil and canvas paintings incorporate a visual pattern based on a dividing cell and a reliance on a linear structure that continues in my paintings with maps.