Artist’s Statement: The Nature of Being


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth will find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder


“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent van Gogh


I believe that nature is our best teacher. As we examine the ways we are intrinsically made of and part of Nature, we discover what ecology and natural order can teach us about being more human. Using the shapes, rhythms, patterns, and colors of nature, these abstract oil paintings explore questions of existence, belief, personal philosophy, time, and the layered narrative of consciousness we maintain throughout a lifespan. Particularly focused on plant growth and development, this series investigates who we are when we are most ourselves, how we live in significant moments of experience, and what it is to be present and alive as a human animal in a world often at odds with nature. In addition to fostering a sense of personal self-awareness through a visceral, instinctive response to natural imagery, this series aims to promote a reciprocal love and intimate understanding of nature, wherever we may find it, and to cultivate a drive to protect and nurture the natural world, as it protects and nurtures us.