On the Surface

The Journey

Flow is pattern and rhythm.  All nature is fractal, so the currents of pattern and rhythm flow through all natural objects.  The remarkable complexity of streaming water is reflected in the flow of roots, leaves, or forest floor detritus.  Wood, water, and nature repeat themselves and mimic each other.

Jackson Pollack once said, “I paint nature.”  In response, I ask the question: can nature paint Jackson?

The Means

The images are created using digital imaging and collage tools.  Each image is composed of many parts, typically a few dozen but sometimes more.    Often, the collage effects are obvious. Other times, they are all but invisible – appearing only as line, shadow, or hue.

Painting has its texture and film has its grain. In the same way, digital imagery has its artifacts. These so-called imperfections are the unexpected and random electronic errors that are a natural byproduct of digital imaging. I find these electronic artifacts beautiful in their own right. Rather than eliminate them, I work to integrate them into the image.