My Process

Each piece starts with a single photograph that I manipulate on the computer in many ways before I am satisfied with the finished artwork.

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Image of a pink dombeya flower clusterI begin with an image. In this case, I am using a photograph of a dombeya wallichii flower cluster.

 

 

 

 


Kaleidoscopic artwork using a Dombeya flower clusterI import the image into a modular graphics-synthesizer program where I can pull out specific elements from the photographic imagery, then alter these layer after layer to create new compositions of kaleidoscopic reflections.

 

 


By operating different functions and formulas—polar space, fractal space, assorted modulations, reflections, waves, distortions, symmetry—I identify, save, and collect a series of images that I call “foundlings.”

         

I mask out areas to reveal the juiciest parts and make color adjustments.

         


 


After collecting a number of foundlings, I begin stacking them into multiple layers. As the work develops, I return to the modular graphic-synthesizer, creating additional foundlings as needed.

 

 

I manipulate shadows and lighting on each layer to create an illusion of depth.

 

 

 

 

Finally, I add dots for emphasis and direction.

 

 

 

 


This collection of images shows the developmental unfolding of “Dombeya Perception.”

Collection of images used to create the artwork Dombeya PerceptionThe upper left-hand corner holds the photograph I used as the basis for the piece. Here, the photo is a close up of a flower from the dombeya tree in my garden. The large image is the completed “Dombeya Perception.” The other small pictures surrounding are a collection of foundlings that were used in the making of the piece.

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