Artist’s Statement

Artist’s Statement 2018-01-17T20:16:43+00:00

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I AM AN ANALYST. I’m attracted to chaos and any opportunity to arrange complex shapes in imagined space. I think of natural forms as organic data points on my imagined x, y and z axes, and nature is my source for big data.

I study art history paying special attention to the intellectual paths others have taken. I am fascinated by painters such as Piet Mondrian, whose constant searching moved his work from representational Dutch landscape to the logical abstract linear conclusion we all recognize. In his quest, he adopted and discarded ideas until he arrived at his truth.

My current path explores complex Pacific Northwest forests.  I create patterns of interlocking shapes using analytic methods I’ve learned from  forestry, finance, art history and data science. The plants form armatures for endless exploration of color and spatial relationships.

I am driven by this potential of an artistic life: to encounter ideas from many disciplines, consider their new applications in visual form, and perhaps produce something unexpected, compelling and full of meaning for the viewer.