Leaf and Edge, pigment stick, oil, graphite on Rives BFK on panel, 47 x 47 inches, 2016

Leaf and Edge, 47 x 47 inches, 2016

The biological intelligence, fractal design, and stunning beauty of plant systems are what intrigue me. The imagery I create from these complex forms is the carrier for a process–to transmit the experience of listening with all my senses.

I deconstruct vision into pattern and rhythm, color and form, then reform it into a personal and unique expression of my awareness. There is no separation between inner and outer. I am the natural world and it is also me.

I like to combine opacity and translucence, scribbled line against an illusion of depth, thick surfaces with pale washes, sometimes carving and scraping back to reveal buried layers. Each piece becomes an exploration of the tensions between flat surface and pictorial depth. I think of them as orchestrations of light and dark, shape and rhythm.

Debra Claffey
January 2016