Between Heaven and Earth

My current artistic practice consists of deconstructing botanical images. I am intrigued by the various shapes created in nature, in particular the peculiar and odd shapes that natural objects take on when seen up close. My paintings are an abstraction of botanical material, much more than a classic botanical illustration or still life. I look at nature because it has so many easily accessible objects, but it’s how I decide to interpret them that gives my work substance. I try to feel my way into a painting, looking at the composition, the contrasting surfaces. I find the scientific aspect of plant morphology and plant anatomy thought-provoking as an art form. It challenges the observer into trying to decipher the painting, giving them the experience of color and space and the tactile surface.