Artist’s Statement

When I attempt to interact with a single flower or leaf or piece of bark, I find myself on a voyage of discovery. I love the potential drama that hides in something that many people describe as “pretty” or “dead” or that they even overlook completely. I really love it when one my drawings or paintings has the power to make a viewer stop and look … again … and again.

What I do and what I find in my work represents my own personal journey. For me that is often a struggle because what is in my mind’s eye and the dramatic effect I seek to create is not necessarily what I have portrayed on paper.

I love the challenge of creating a 3-dimensional image on a flat sheet of paper – my particular interest is in the dramatic sculptural forms and patterns that nature creates which can be living or dead, large or small, coloured or bleached.

Everyone looks at the plants around them, but very few people really see and appreciate the beauties that nature lays so generously before them. The words attributed to Edgar Degas resonate with me,

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”

and in the genre of botanical art, that quotation has real meaning. Art is transforming what is taken for granted. Every day of their lives, people see trees and flowers, but so few people stop to look and to appreciate what nature has provided so generously in such exquisite detail, diversity and abundance.