This is an original painting, 30" x 30" acrylic and fabric on panel.
"Ditsy" is not named after a scatterbrained person, but after a type of textile pattern that includes scattered tiny flowers. I enlarged a ditsy pattern from the 18th century and painted it into the upper right corner of this piece - you can see bits of the ditsy pattern in the abstract blooms floating through the painting as well.
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The Attraction series
My painting practice is fundamentally an exploration of surface through pattern, color, and texture. I have a magpie-like attraction to bright, colorful, decorated objects, but an orderly mind, a love for the grid and a strong schooling (from my architectural design studies) to mistrust the superficial. These contradictory urges come together in my paintings. I work in many layers of acrylic media, starting with a repeating fabric design at the base and adding elements both rigid and planned (geometric stencil repeats) and loose and unplanned (drips, washes, crackled layers). Abstracted floral forms and decorative elements make an appearance, like dreams of old-fashioned textiles. With these paintings, I celebrate the surface.