“We need to know the textures, the rhythms and tastes of the bodily world, and to distinguish readily between those tastes and those of our invention.”
– David Abram
Driven by questions of a metaphysical nature, my work examines how design and orchestration within nature affects our consciousness, and how the extraordinary geometries within nature’s design demand the consideration of intelligent design as well as our notions of spirituality. It is important to me, as an artist, to develop a visual vocabulary that will encourage the viewer to examine these types of enigmas. Using both organic and highly controlled painting techniques, the resulting composition is a compromise between excess and restraint, impulse and logic.
The idea of human intellect intermingling with the forces of nature fascinates me. I combine forms that are organic in creation with carefully placed and predetermined mark making. The linear hatch marks in the work, inspired by visits to the ancient art caves, represent a form of structure, a repetitive and ritualistic system that has been applied to the naturally occurring elements within this painting process. The combination of the two suggests the idea of a crossroads between faith, reason, instinct, and intellect. This has been expressed through mark making on natural surfaces throughout history.