These floral paintings are explosions of color. They are very complex, often cramming three or four layers of loosely drawn organic patterns into the flat space of a medium-sized canvas. The overlapping, colorful forms refuse to create a deep space. Even the negative spaces are animated and intense. Fragmented, covered with heavily outlined shapes and textured with heavy imposto, these paintings are organic synthetic cubism. They are art that has both structure and passion.
Industrious Fern and Purple Fragrance explore the tilted horizon of Marc Train from the Biomorphic Landscape series, while In The Spin of The Sun has a multiple perspective that leaves the viewer floating in a mystical sky. After the Goosedownder has the “All Over” random pattern quality of a Jackson Pollock, and Woodlawn Ave. has a quality of folk art furniture painting with its flowers floating on a dark background. Cheryl’s Passion was created from sketches and photographs of a neighbors garden. It is hallucinogenic. The flowers in Flowers Au Go Go and Floral Language twist, turn, and dance across the canvases. There are kinships to stained glass painting, crazy quilts, tapestries, Post Impressionist and Art Nouveau posters, and psychedelic art of the 1960s.
While very calculated and controlled in their form and color, these floral images are nevertheless fresh, spontaneous and lyrical. Most of all, they are splendors of color.