The series "Patterns in Bloom" began after an unexpected trip to Vienna, a city I had dreamed about visiting for many years. I was deeply inspired by the works of the Art Nouveau or Austrian Secessionist Movement and the works of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Otto Wagner. These artists expressed an inspirational courage as they broke free of neoclassical traditional painting to discover their authentic “design language”.
I returned to Los Angeles with a renewed clarity and intention to break out of my old patterns of living and painting, in order to “bloom” into a more authentic artistic voice. Captured by the floral motifs, curved lines and patterns of the secessionists, the subject matter for this series arose spontaneously, creating a ‘beautiful and colorful chaos’ very much like my busy life in Los Angeles.
I found myself resolving each painting similarly to how I move through the complexities of life. I step back to gain a broader perspective and wait for an intuitive thought or idea. I pause to gain clarity and perspective as I lean into the next layer of resolution. Each painting tells a story of life's blossoming transformations. These personal paths of transformation take place through contemplation followed by willingness to break out of old patterns while creating restful places and exciting new connections. Much like the artists of Vienna, I used the simplest elements of design, color and nature to create and authentic and stylistic interpretation of my beautiful but complex life in Los Angeles.