I have an affinity for eastern philosophy and aesthetics. These pieces offer quiet meditative imagery influenced by a trip to Japan. Imagery derived from patterns of tatami mats and shoji screens are reminiscent of peaceful stays in ryokan lodging. The effects of peaceful walks in Japanese villages and long periods of sitting in grand yet austere temples and gardens sifted into my art.
Ryokan are Japanese inns, traditionally with tatami mat floors and futon bedding. Shoji screen doors soften the room’s light. The geometric lines of the tatami and shoji contrast with selected views out to a zen garden. The ryokan are tranquil soft places, unencumbered and sparse in a way that creates a calming sense of open space.
I often use geometric forms and grids in my designs, but, like Japanese gardens, the geometry is softened by an organic nature, suggesting an imperfect and impermanent or evolving division of space.