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I have always been drawn to the visual power of rocks. These icons of our vast geological history still evoke within me a sense of wonder each time I look at them. From a childhood encounter with a tiny rose quartz stone emerged a lifelong interest in the profound aesthetic possibilities of those earthly treasures.

The Formations paintings represent a collective study of geological textures and patterns embedded in selected California coastal rock specimens. The paintings document magnified rock surfaces underlining the importance of mark-making in the process of observing and learning. Science and art elements are linked through spatial handling and other presentation decisions. Combining the level of realism to portray intricate surface markings with the absence of a horizon or other scaling methodologies may cause a viewer’s perception to oscillate between realism and abstraction.

Each painting has its own distinct personality because it focuses on the unique features--texture, color, pattern, form--as is reflected by a particular rock segment or grouping. Those “features” strongly guide the style of painting that I use to portray them. As the painting process unfolds, the canvas essentially takes on a life of its own. It leads. I follow. Handling subject matter so diverse in appearance provides endless challenges for depicting its exquisite content.
 

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