Structurally, these paintings use Tsuyushiba, a Japanese folk art pattern popular for centuries, and translating to “lawn grass with dew drops.” The characteristics of Japanese art—line, flat color, pattern and asymmetrical balance—are elements that inspire me and complement my work. Each painting began by drawing the Tsuyushiba lines over paper. As I worked, I saw new connections between the lines. These, in turn, created unexpected compositions and relationships that led me to add, modify, or even eliminate other lines. The subjects of these paintings are my own personal expressions on current events, family relationships, reflections on nature and personal beliefs.!
PAINTINGS 2012 - 2015