The paintings from my Unknown Species Series consists of concentric circular lines and colors that mimic pieces of agate, rings inside of trees, mold, other patterns in nature and most importantly microscopic cells.
My way of applying paint remains constant from painting to painting, and yet, as in nature, great variety is found in my paintings. This variety can be seen in choice of colors, the relative density of my signature circular forms in different areas of the compositions, and the overall flow of imagery; some paintings seeming tranquil, others highly energized. Some are centered, others a field of imagery edge to edge.
I see the shapes with their concentric circles as a representative for time itself, displaying their growth like the rings in a tree which comes with age. When they overlap each other, they display the passage of time in layers.
The concentric circle with it's basic shape of a target also has another important meaning to me.
I read that when a baby is born, he or she will be attracted to the shape of a target or concentric circles, because of the instinctual need for the mother’s breast and survival. I don’t know if this has ever been proven, but the idea that humans might be drawn to shapes by their instincts continues to fascinate me.
My digital art, the Bits and Pieces series, developed directly from photographic images of my paintings. I became intrigued with the complex patterns that developed by manipulating the image as well as appreciating being able to see how the same image looks in a variety of color combinations. I create new compositions using sections and details from photos of previous paintings which some times becomes an archival limited edition. Sometimes I paint on top of the printed digital work with a variety of mixed media, creating new one of a kind works of art.
In Three Dimensions, my series of painted reliefs and sculptures contain the same concentric circular lines and colors that I have used in my paintings.
Creating the same concentric circles in three dimensions emphasizes the growth of these shapes and growth of all living organisms. They vary in size representing growth from conception to an infant, child and adult.
The cellular shapes in all my paintings, digital art and sculptures, echoing naturally occurring shapes, provide the rhythms of life and existence. Ultimately, I strive for my work to be an expressive representation of nature’s beauty in its primary elements.