Patterns found in the natural world serve as the primary inspiration for my abstract compositions. The “Journey of the Phoenix” and “Flight Pattern” series are my interpretation of bird migration paths captured by Doppler radar. Initially, I felt compelled to translate into paint the fantastic patterns the birds formed against the Earth’s topography below. However, as I began to paint, the pieces became as much about texture and investigating new methods of paint application as they were about pattern and color. These pieces involve the application and removal of several layers of paint. Some of the layers are thick and almost sculptural, while others are thin as water.