The intense use of patterns, line work and intricate detail reflect my background both as a textile designer and as a bibliographer of rare books. The dramas are often glimpsed through a thicket of tangled vines and leaves. The complex layers of the images hint at the darker dramas behind nature’s comforting, beautiful surface.I work exclusively in gouache on paper. Gouache is an opaque water color paint that has a reflective quality. This medium allows me to create a multi-layered, dense and matte finish. The small format of my paintings creates an intimacy with the viewer, they can be held and read like a book.