• My work is based in the thought that there are recurring patterns in Nature, illustrating our connections. An atom and its electrons like a star and its planets, a seashell like a chrysalis, blood cells like pomegranate fruit, rivers like our veins…biology to astronomy and beyond.

    Making art has always been part of a pursuit to capture moments of order, in an seemingly chaotic world. A moment in the flow. A ritual for the spirit. The balancing of color, form, and pattern, and a piecing together a cohesive whole out of the seemingly separate. My work seeks to create visual pleasure, and places to stop and rest from the cerebral and the logistical parts of life.

    With Nature's perfection as my guide, I have been working on a seeds, bulbs, sprouts, hive, nest, germinating, growth, celestial, life-source series. Though some of my influences are more timeless such as the pattern in a piece of coral or the shape of an orb spider, my color and design are brought through a filter of American suburban culture in the late 70's and 80's featuring coloring books, stickers, sequins, playdough, sidewalk chalk, Jim Henson, the Crayola 64 box, the Atarii 2600…

    Though I have had a special focus on Painting and Collage for many years, I also work in drawing, crochet, hooked-rug, needlepoint, ceramics, polymer clay, fabrics, folded paper, and any mixture of these mediums. My love for the endless combinations of materials seems to mirror my love for the the endless combinations of life, human and otherwise.

    I have been living and working in the desert forest outside of Santa Fe, NM since 1999, and working as a human on Earth since 1974.

    -Bethany