I always co-create with nature, not just as a source of inspiration, but in a very physical, tactile sense.
I extract pigments from materials foraged from my surroundings, such as flowers, leaves, spices, rocks, and minerals, and with my brush strokes, I try to affix part of that actual environment to paper or canvas. Each natural color embraces the particular earth, weather, and seasonal characteristics from where the materials were gathered.
My supplies are not just mediums, those are parts of places . . . they are specific to the moment, time, and environment . . . they become singular visual aesthetic records of that unique location and time.
These pigments and colors are extracted from materials I have either foraged myself or ordered from re
mote locations, which I lovingly grind using a variety of mortar and pestle sets I keep in the studio. Grinding is a critical part of the creative process. It's part of my culture, not only sensory in feel and aroma, but it’s also an intensely meditative process. As my grandmother insists that grinding materials brings good luck.
Nature is my inspiration and I deeply influence each season by the patterns, laws and structures of birth, death, decay, chaos, and order I found in nature.
My works are embedded with abstract calligraphy which I consider poems from nature, sacred and fractal geometric patterns, intricate miniatures of ancient symbols and images, intuitive lines and forms originated from trees, roots, or other natural sources, nods to Persian carpets and talismans, mythology, and even streaks of gold leaf.