Artist | Educator | Entrepreneur
My interactions with nature—from examining the minutia of biological cells and seeds to experiencing the vastness of mountains and oceans—inspire the shapes, color interactions and designs that appear in my work. Each piece I create evolves like geological strata, layers building up over time, cultivating structure in the overall composition. I think of my work as research; much as Josef Albers spoke of his work, saying “All my painting is actually study. The longer I do it, the more and more it is endless.”
Art inspires, connects, and moves us in inexplicable ways. Art opens up conversation, brightens a space, changes our mood. It isn’t just matching your painting to your sofa or your rug with a color swatch. Good art wakes you up, stops you in your tracks, makes you want to come home to see it after a long day’s work.
I discovered this when I was a young art student studying painting and art history in Southern France. The landscape in Provence was so beautiful, but painting it realistically didn’t really get to the heart of the feeling I had there. I wanted to create in a way that felt original, authentic and personal. I began to paint abstractly, giving emotion and meaning to the natural environment I was experiencing through expressive color and design. As I explored this new direction, I also realized my love of color and of the emotional effects that color can have, and pushed further in my work to create true color experiences.
Fast-forward many years, and my exploration of abstract painting continues. During graduate school at Pratt Institute, my signature design motif, the ellipse or ovoid form, emerged, and is now present in every piece I create. Then, in 2006, I began to explore the intersection of art and science, still maintaining a commitment to beautiful design and color. This shift occurred after reading work by physicists Richard Feynman, Alan Lightman, and Brian Greene; looking at protein crystals and cells at the microscopic level; and sifting through my collections of seed pods, seaweed, rocks, leaves and other objects gleaned from various hiking trips.
Through art I evoke the beauty of the natural world – from a cell to an orbiting planet to a tree shedding leaves.
Art can brighten your world too.
From one piece to an entire collection, art adds joy and color to your life.