Category Archives: design systems in nature


I have always felt very connected to the natural and drawing is a good way for me to record that passion.

As this drawing progressed I found myself wanting to add many more things…including something that was not in the natural world. That ended up being┬ámarbles and a ┬áspark plug. I cannot explain way I draw some things, it just seems right. I guess I would be worried if it all made too much sense.


After many additions the space was filled with objects that somehow seemed right. Some things are obvious such as a maple leaf being somewhat feather like and yet the beginning of a tree, other things sort of fit, like a marble being a little like an egg and others just need to be there, I have no idea why.




This is a painting I did using a photo I took. I was intrigued with the challenge of painting water, I am also still very taken with the spectrum and even color itself. While I like this painting I moved on the different territory in a work a few months later. This painting is about the “spinning rectangles” or golden mean.” and it is a part of a wider interest in design systems found in nature. A photo I took is still the starting point, however it is less dependent on that source. This painting is done entirely by memory and intuition. I trusted myself more and was not using a photo source at all. I like all three works and do not consider one better, just different. I did enjoy the last one more because I was much more in charge and I think it is more open t the viewer.