From being a geologist and an educator, I sashayed into creating digital fractal art in 2006. Fractals are geometric figures generated from mathematical algorithms that create characteristic shapes over a large range of scales. Seeing mathematics transformed from abstract equations into abstract explosions of colors, textures, and intricate designs feeds my senses and appeals to my geek instinct. I also take courses in collage to make art using more traditional materials (and find homes for numerous preliminary fractal images!).
When I go to the computer to create a fractal image, I rarely know ahead of time what will emerge, but instead try to convert a mood or narrative into a visual representation. I’m inspired by ideas from science, principles of spatial arrangements from ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), and notions of dynamic stillness and balance from yoga. In honor of a lifelong observation of physical landscapes, I’m now motivated to create private spiritual spaces of balance, harmony, and creative play.
1994 UC Davis, Davis, CA PhD, Engineering
Additional degrees in Geology (1976, 1978, 1987)
2008, 2009 Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
2007, 2008 Visual Arts Academy, online courses
2006, 2007 Main Line Night School, Ardmore, PA
“Coevolution, Sun Salutation” Philadelphia Stories, Winter 2007/2008, Philadelphia, PA
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Ikenobo Ikebana, Main Line Group
2009 Collage Exhibit, Welcome Gallery, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Members’ Exhibit, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA