Repetition of Form and Pattern Development in Drawings
' Hydrangeas ' (2006) Colored Pencil with Gouache
' Arcs ' (2003) Colored Pencil
Image Size: 3.25" x 4.75"
' Bergdorf Goodman ' (2007) Colored Pencil $395.00 (SOLD)
Walking around Manhattan is quite an enjoyable experience for many, especially for me with its magnificent pre and post war architecture, but I also relish window shopping in New York and taking in some of the interiors of its grand department stores. B. Altman, which had closed in the 90's at Fifth Avenue & 34th Street had been one of my favorites with its moldwork, high ceilings, and ornate lighting fixtures, but one must also experience upper midtown's more posh merchants from 47th up to 59th Streets. Bergdorf's windows on 57th & Fifth are always stunning, particularly at Christmas throughout December.
Jewelry items for its shape, structural design, and colors have peaked great interest within me to conceive and execute interesting pattern design of it on paper. This drawing of a woman's coat pin caught my eye that I had to produce as a piece for my portfolio. The intricate detail with curviliniear form and irregularity in shape is extremely fascinating to me whereby I alter some contour line direction, line weight, and simplification of its highly detailed structure of the object occurs as it is repeated across the picture plane.
(2008) Untitled Colored Pencil Cut & Mounted
My profound fascination with patterns stem from years of constant exposure to the vast number of concepts applied to the surface of textiles in terms of shape and forms employed into fabric, particularly in how elements fill a good part of the surface left to right and top to bottom filling much of the picture plane. I spend considerable time viewing all types of pattern on numerous forms of textiles from apparel to home furnishings, and how it can enrich a commercially marketed product or the fine art piece.
My attraction sprang from the fact that they tend to be judged on their own intrinsic merits rather than on the name or reputation of a designer. Along with a big Oriental influence, Non-Western textiles and what had been done in the court workshops of Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and India also have energized my creativity with my careful examination of the types of shapes made use of in repeats executed ; many hand woven in places like Islam, including inscribed textiles called Tiraz from Western Asia, Egypt, and Yemen ; late antique textiles from Egypt, and archaeological pieces from Peru.
The breadth and depth of how textiles were made is astonishing, not to mention the imagery applied to the physical objects. I source my ideas not from works already done by others, but from a large collection of photographs which I capture in our environment, some natural and some man made, whether it be plant species, industrial objects, to portions of jewelry
or masonry/architectural objects that I find appealing. Taking between one and five intriguing areas of an object will give me just enough to compositionally produce a very harmonious two-dimensional contour design; in turn apply modeling to the forms with the building of color.
(2008) ' Tops ' Colored Pencil Cut & Mounted on Board
(2009) Untitled Colored Pencil Cut & Mounted on Board
( 2018 ) Untitled Gouache on Board ( NFS )
( 2013 ) ' Berries '
Digital Illustration for Stationery