Observing nature and being human to create something outside of both

Growing up in Los Angeles has informed much of my fascination with surface textures. Color and form are brought to life in striking detail throughout the landscape and cityscapes of Southern California as the glowing daylight fades into the twilight's oranges, pinks, and violets of sunset. Moments present themselves in my daily life when a synthesis of these elements offers space for meditation, such as in the way that flower petals from a blue jacaranda tree cover an entire sidewalk turning it into a visual pool of violet. My work lies in the appreciation of the different atmospheres revealed by using sculpture and painting to alter any given space. This paper will examine my practice (moving beyond human-constructed references and associations) by using visual poetry to suggest connections and possibilities between form, color, and the textural qualities created within the contrast of architectural structures and natural environments.