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Mixed Media

Nature has always been the central focus of my work. I find myself drawn to its many parallels of form and texture, and its paradoxical strength and fragility. The former is a lens through which I draw together elements that appear in disparate environments – such as coral and cacti – as a means of making unexpected connections. Here, the artwork acts as common ground. One often finds that removing a plant or other aspect of nature from its usual context requires the viewer to consider it anew, thus many of my pieces are about the experience of reconsidering.

Paradoxes have a somewhat broader place in creating a framework for my project, although they too direct my eye to certain details. A tree’s roots breaking through a sidewalk or flowers emerging from cracked concrete – these are evidence of the persistence and power of nature in the face of man–made constraints. However; as I contemplate a place for my art I am compelled by nature’s fragility, particularly as habitat destruction and environmental disasters take a broader and irrevocable toll on the natural world. This has an impact on the subject matter I choose, such as my current work cataloguing endangered birds, insects, and flowers. It also affects my use of media. A recent installation project consisted of 1,000 origami cranes made using junk mail that had been delivered to my home. The project is, among other things, a commentary on waste.


Flower and the Rail

Neural Net

Coral

Living History

Kelp

Winter Sunset

Shadow in Orange

Breeze

Desert Rain

Subhistoric

Morning Cactus

Flowers and Vines

Emblem Seashore

Emblem Torrey Pines

Emblem Fish

Emblem Prickly Pear

Emblem Growth

Emblem Dessert

Emblem Iceplant

Emblem Aloe