I have been exploring my creativity all of my life through visual art, music, cooking, and other mediums. I studied art at Millersville University with concentrations in painting and sculpture. In the spring of 2014 my fascination with painting patterns using small marks began. It occurred to me that trees have always intrigued me visually and are a continuous source of inspiration. I started thinking about the importance of trees, specifically all of the philosophical and conceptual weight they carry. In the process of investigating the visual elements of trees, I began to notice reoccurring fundamental patterns. Many of these patterns that emerged in the process of creating these paintings seemed to relate to natural structures like trees, microbial life, satellite photography of the Earth’s geography, pictures of space, and many other things.
The process of building these paintings with small marks allows me to play with patterns, and create systems of patterns that accumulate to resemble recognizable natural structures. Using these small marks I build these paintings the same way that nature builds with small particles. Furthermore, the rhythmic and percussive application of these small marks creates a physical engagement that can be likened to typing out Morse code with a paintbrush.
When I paint I am exploring three visually similar designs found in nature; Trees, Nebulae, and Neurons. Neurons cannot be seen with the naked eye, and can only be seen with the help of a microscope. Trees can be experienced directly with our local senses. Nebulae exist on the cosmic scale and they can only be seen with assistance from a telescope. I am interested in the idea of marrying the similarities of these three elements that exist in extremely different scales, essentially creating a convergence, and assimilating that into one fixed place on the canvas. I find it compelling that each time I investigate these elements I find more connections that bridge each of them together in new and captivating ways. In the process of developing these ideas, I came up with the word “Trebulon”, a portmanteau of tree, nebula, and neuron as a descriptive term for these paintings.