Creating Art The Way Nature Does

I just completed this large piece titled “Birth Of Pearl”.  Like all the pieces in my “Pearl” series, this painting was inspired by the natural process of a pearl being formed under the ocean inside an oyster.

What begins as a grain of sand is covered by many layers of mother-of-pearl, sometimes over several years. This natural mother-of-pearl substance eventually hardens and forms a pearl. Natural events like these are what inspire me to create.

I’m not trying to copy nature but rather re-create a natural event, by applying layers of pearl paint, water and acrylics. Using natural forces to move the paint over the canvas, my goal is to create the same complex and integrate layers and patterns as created by nature.