As I stroll along my eyes spot a dried leaf eaten away by bugs and time. I know intuitively that it will be the subject of my next Scratchboard. After studying the leaf for some time with a magnifying glass, I realize that the same pattern is repeated in the wings of a dragonfly. Mesmerized, I cannot create fast enough becoming completely lost in the details. Not only do these discoveries feed my love for design, they teach me to trust my instincts. I hope that you experience the same degree of wonder viewing my art as I do making it.
Each series is created by drawing with an X-ACTO blade into boards made of clay and India ink (Scratchbords by Ampersand Art Supply.).
Environmental Movement is heavily influenced by Eco-Psychology, the study of emotional connections between humans and the natural world. My art produces the same sensations of wonder, harmony and timelessness that we experience while connecting with nature.
Spontaneous Combustion creates the illusion of 3 dimensions by layering line over line. Relying heavily on my discoveries of the natural world I elicit feelings of surprise, just like I experience while watching my exquisite patterns emerge.
Interaction and Clearly Interacting are composed of free form figures working together to create a barrier against ignorance and fear. Some of my drawings are done on clear panels, others on scratchboards. All are designed to visually develop multiple layers of interaction.
Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” That is how I feel when I begin each black board, as if I am bringing out what already lies within.