In my work, I am very inspired by Dutch Still Life, with it's inherently abstract conceptual framework of temporality and its lush and visceral connection to our experienced world. It is the impossible that is contained in these pieces. In these paintings blooms bloom together out of season, and species from different continents exist together on the same plane suggesting a leap in time and space. This eradicates the simple subject/predicate narrative and appeals to me conceptually. The Pattern and Decoration Painters of the 70's, Natural History collections, and the never ending proliferation of man made patterns and design taken from the natural world in our everyday existences all point to an attempt to arrest and delineate a personal experience of emotional time. All of these patterns, I perceive as man's attempt to containing possess the natural world and hold it suspended in a timelessness. My work is a reconciliation between what the natural world has to offer and the beauty of trying to contain it.