his series of drawings was initially inspired by a real object – an Osage orange – a citrus fruit the size of a grapefruit, but with gnarly green skin (not edible). While the earlier pieces bring to mind seedpods found in plants, the later drawings have increasingly detached themselves from the depiction of objects to become porous amoeba-like shapes. Some of them resemble microorganisms, deep-sea creatures or microscopic imagery of cells and membranes. These resemblances are not intentional, and as an artist I want to inspire my audiences to let their fantasies roam. The drawings are not preconceived; my drawing process is generally meditative and the shapes develop out of a mesh of small pen movements. I draw with pens containing permanent Indian ink. Correcting/erasing my marks is not an option, a challenge I appreciate as it keeps up a dialogue of constant response and decision-making throughout the entire drawing process, which can be several days.
As my drawings became progressively larger in size, they started to unfold into entire universes, or systems of organisms. All of these drawings are created with archival Indian ink pens on paper. They are all mural size, most of them are 60×150 inches. The largest, however, wrap around a corner and are 107 inches high and 33 feet long.