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Beauty and its contradiction are documented through carefully planned choices of color, rhythm and movement in my multilayered paintings. Whether large scale realistically inspired distillations of tropical foliage, transitional pieces or conceptual interpretations, they all take the viewer on a journey of abstraction. Intricate details are documented while the painting surface is rendered expressionistically. At close range the compositions celebrate abstraction; from a distance, their energy changes to the lush energy of tropical flora.

Color sets the stage for the mood and spirit of the composition. Rhythm moves your eye through the canvas. Tensions are conceived by creating texture and depth as one is pushed and pulled between real and nonobjective applications. Glazing techniques are used over and over to achieve the desired saturation point. Ultimately the finished surface becomes a rich tapestry of pigment.

My new directions, all part of the High Water Series, are stimulated by abstraction and influenced by the subtle ironies I observe.  These latest Coreopsis and Bougainvillea paintings are an exciting journey of creation, documentation and planning based in realism, transformed by technology and infused with change.

You may say the subjects are Pixelated. I see them as Fractured. The clues may be subtle or hard to find but, come closer. Look for the streams of water running through the saturated landscapes which shine in  full glory but now somehow are broken by divisions in nature, technology and values.

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