This has been a labor of love because I love the people that will soon have all three pieces hanging on their wall. And, love for being able to dive into all of the patterns and textures! After spending a lot of time photographing their beautiful gardens, I gave some thought to which elements might work well together. There was a lot to choose from, like the big puffs of overlapping shapes of the Allium to the deep color of their Japanese Maple. The second piece contains drawings of their ivy ground cover in the background, some of it with subtle colors, some towards the upper left just black outlines. I don’t sketch first preferring to dive right in drawing with my X-ACTO knife into layers of ink and clay and watch the art unfold. Movement is key with all of my work, how does the eye move across the page, is there energy that you can actually feel when you stand before my art? It helps to layer everything so it forms dimension and a rhythm to how one design ‘speaks’ to another. People ask me what artists inspire me and I always say, nature, natures’ art inspires me. The bold and delicate play of natures’ designs. I can’t wait to tackle the last of the three, each 32”x12”.