In my paintings, I use small dots to build imagery ranging from minimalist abstraction to complex biomorphic forms that fuse human, animal and botanical elements, exploring themes of unity, impermanence and the cycle of creation.
The inspiration to use dots as building blocks in the creation of form came from the discovery of beautiful images in the specks of tea grounds at the bottom of a cup. By working this way, I seek to emphasize the unity underlying all things, by virtue of everything being composed of the same essential building blocks, i.e. atoms, subatomic particles and ultimately, as described by string theorists, vibrating strings of energy. The pattern in nature that recurs in neurons, tree branches and river networks continuously intrigues me and I often incorporate it as a major motif and structural element.
I start my process with small watercolor or acrylic studies on paper which I then expand into larger scale acrylics on canvas and panel.
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