PAPERBARK DAPHNE: color pencil/pastel 19” x 25”
       
     
“In Corinth men from mushrooms grew”: color pencil 31” x 24”
       
     
BLUE MORPHO NYMPH: color pencil/pastel 20” x 30”
       
     
BLUE BANYAN: color pencil/pastel 20” x 30”
       
     
JAMB 3 (Cuauhanuac series): color pencil 14” x 10.5”
       
     
BUTTRESS DETAIL (Cuauhanuac series): color pencil 4” x 6”
       
     
TOWER OF SONG: color pencil/pastel/bark paper 40” x 26”
       
     
ST. JULIEN'S PRAYER: color pencil/pastel/bark paper 40” x 26”
       
     
PAPERBARK DAPHNE: color pencil/pastel 19” x 25”
       
     
PAPERBARK DAPHNE: color pencil/pastel 19” x 25”

From my earliest paintings and drawings, exhibited in June 1994, through the present, I have aimed to dissolve the boundaries between organic and inorganic, animate and inanimate.

“In Corinth men from mushrooms grew”: color pencil 31” x 24”
       
     
“In Corinth men from mushrooms grew”: color pencil 31” x 24”

Trees have always been a source of fascination for me, particularly as they embody sensual and spiritual human qualities in their myriad forms and the erotic potential of their intertwining roots and branches.

BLUE MORPHO NYMPH: color pencil/pastel 20” x 30”
       
     
BLUE MORPHO NYMPH: color pencil/pastel 20” x 30”

At the same time, I also continue to paint and draw live models, to keep alive the interplay in my work between the human body and the anatomy of Nature.

BLUE BANYAN: color pencil/pastel 20” x 30”
       
     
BLUE BANYAN: color pencil/pastel 20” x 30”

Another source of inspiration was a visit to Cuernavaca (Cuauhnahuac in the original Nahuatl, meaning “near the trees”) in Mexico, where I saw the hacienda of the Spanish Conqueror Cortes, now itself completely conquered by the trees which have invaded it.

JAMB 3 (Cuauhanuac series): color pencil 14” x 10.5”
       
     
JAMB 3 (Cuauhanuac series): color pencil 14” x 10.5”

Nature and architecture have fused until it is no longer possible to distinguish plant from stone, the structure from the infiltrator, the penetrator from the possessed.

BUTTRESS DETAIL (Cuauhanuac series): color pencil 4” x 6”
       
     
BUTTRESS DETAIL (Cuauhanuac series): color pencil 4” x 6”

At the same time, I see the fluid plant growths as forms of the unconscious, insinuating themselves into the rational structures of the mind.

TOWER OF SONG: color pencil/pastel/bark paper 40” x 26”
       
     
TOWER OF SONG: color pencil/pastel/bark paper 40” x 26”
ST. JULIEN'S PRAYER: color pencil/pastel/bark paper 40” x 26”
       
     
ST. JULIEN'S PRAYER: color pencil/pastel/bark paper 40” x 26”