My inspiration for most of my work comes from nature and modern design. They each have their own sort of rawness and simplicity yet can be very complex. Take a tree for example and all it's different parts. The deep roots in the ground keeping the trunk anchored. The outstretched branches with fluttering leaves from the wind. I can hear them. Have you ever listened to the leaves of a tree as they are blown by the wind? I find it to be one of the most relaxing sounds I've ever heard. Experiencing nature like this reminds me of how small I am and that mankind is just another fixture on this planet. I like to stay in this place of awe when I can but I'll be honest. If I've been allowed to get to this blissful state of awe someone in my house is probably drawing on a wall or eating hand lotion out of the bottle! So I take these moments when they happen and I say to myself "remember this."
What I love about modern design specifically Mid Century Modern are the lines. They are clean, crisp, smooth and minimalistic. You know it's good design when it's been around for 60 plus years and hasn't gone out of style. It could be architecture, decor or furniture; there are so many good designs that are being replicated and reproduced because we realize that era got it right!
My love for nature and for modern design is what brought forth the Geometric Series.
This is my first geometric drawing on reclaimed wood. I took an image of a Cottonwood tree and broke it down to a simple outline then started filling in with individual sections. What I love about this process is it breaks the image down to a simple almost unrecognizable form and then as I fill it in with more lines it becomes a beautiful rendering.
After trees I was intrigued and wanted to see what different shapes would look like with these geometric fractles so I tried circles. After making this drawing below I knew this series was going to be something special. For the first time in my artistic life I felt truely inspired on a larger scale. I could see that my work was going to evolve and that this was the beginning of a collection!
I wanted to see these on a larger scale so I made the two pieces below. They use the same technique but turned out very different. I was torn on which direction I wanted to go in. I enjoyed the complexity of the image on the left but also loved the larger scale of the geometric shapes of the piece on the right. I wanted to explore though and see more segments; more fractles on an even larger scale.
There was something about the repitition and seeing the negative space becoming filled in that made the work more interesting to me. It was almost mesmorizing. So I decided to take it to the next level and make it bigger and create more movement. I wanted the viewer to stop and stare as I found my self doing while I made this piece below.
From here I'm going to explore more ways in which these lines alone are simple but together are becoming chaotic. I'm also exploring what adding another dimension does to the movement and flow of the sparatic pattern by adding in projections of wood. Here are a couple samples I've recently done as studies for some larger works I have in mind. I'll be spending these next few months getting ready for a couple shows this Spring in Seattle. Follow me on Instagram for some behind the scenes to my process & some sneak peaks! Thanks for reading!