I strive to evoke a sense of forest serenity. Utilizing many layers, diverse colors, shades, shapes, lines and textures, I create an organic composition that emulates the variegated, asymmetrical and complex perfection that can only be found in nature.
Using a metallic acrylic base, I simulate the reflective light that diffuses through the trunks, foliage and brush that comprise a forest. I alternate numerous layers of organic papers including Thai banana leaf, Thai mango leaf, Nepalese Lama Li and Japanese Unryu. Each type of paper possesses a different texture that results from the leaves and fibers used in the creation of these hand made papers. I soak the strips of paper in an acrylic polymer emulsion which serves to adhere them to the canvas as well as to preserve the natural paper coloring.
I intersperse layers of acrylic paint among the paper to form a richly textured organic surface. The result is an image that is not only representational of the forest as a whole but also the intricate textures that appear on the surface of each individual tree.