of a beetle; the twisting surfaces of a wilting leaf; the spiral forms
and sutures of a fossilized mollusk shell; fissures growing in drying
mud; the arches, loops and whorls of a fingerprint are all examples
of the natural forms and patterns that inspire my images. While I
draw on these natural sources for inspiration, I do not create literal
translations of their patterns and forms. I am intrigued with combining
ideas from a number of sources and the contrast and ambiguity arising
from those combinations.
Even though I embrace technology in my process, I do not create the
mechanical perfection of many human-made patterns, patterns made up
of perfectly repeating identical elements. More intriguing are patterns
found in the natural world where elements repeat, but not necessarily
with perfect symmetry and in which elements are similar, but not necessarily
identical. Many of the patterns I create have both periodic and aperiodic
Inspired by the random, yet structured beauty and minute details of
nature (flora, fauna and mineral), I often include many objects in
my images; all similar in form, yet each unique in its details. Those
details of color and texture mimic the level of physical detail found
in the natural world and create an illusion of reality even while
the viewer is confronted with the practical knowledge that the objects
illustrated do not exist.
One of the great joys of my process is that I can create an image
with physical levels of detail and realism without the constraints
of physical materials. The path from inspiration and idea to implementation
and image is direct and unencumbered.
I recently met a scientist investigating the micro-structures formed
by the controlled sintering of ceramic powders. Sintering involves
the heating, but not melting, of materials to form a coherent mass.
Electronmicrographs of his research served as the initial inspiration
for a series which incorporates numerous small plates, either entirely
representing a surface or coating portions of a surface. The structured
placement of the sixteen spheres in each image is contrasted with
the irregularities of the plates.