My abstract work is inspired by impressionist studies of things of the natural world. Contrary is one of my studies of an eddy in water and it inspired my series Distractions.
I love studying water. It can literally take millions of forms, from gentle swirls to destructive tsunamis and so many more.
When I do one of these studies, I will often research my subject to discover why it occurs in the natural world and how it affects the elements around it. The definition of water eddies is “a circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool”. In nature, they can theoretically go on indefinitely. The only way to stop them is change – primarily in the water level.
While I was initially attracted to the physicality of this phenomenon – the form and movement, when I researched it I was even more fascinated. I was immediately struck by the purity of this lesson from the natural world… That change is always a necessary part of progress.
And so, my series Distractions was born.
Contrary I - Panel 1 of diptych - 12x36 acrylic on canvas