Hidden Wonders, is inspired by the molluscan seashell’s manifold of colors, patterns, and textures. I have combined Abstract Realism with the universe of the shell to transform its natural beauty into high-energy mixed-media paintings. Through reworking colors and magnifying patterns, I add to the shells’ surreal qualities. The intricacies of the natural world that we typically overlook explode onto the canvas, and yet my work maintains the organic quality of marine life. Overall, an integrative technique of naturalism alongside my imagination illuminates the subtle wonders of these molluscan creations, while elevating the unique patterns into something phantasmagorical.
In addition to illustrating the beauty of marine life, my work serves as a highlight for environmental concerns. These hidden sources of wonder are gradually disappearing. With the devastation of coral reefs worldwide, mankind is losing some of its most precious spectacles. I strive to encourage ourselves to move beyond our own perspective to see the glories of the universe of molluscan life. Thus, my works serve a dual purpose: to magnify and to promote an appreciation for these hidden sources of wonder.