Drawings and Prints > Camouflage Watercolors

Camouflage, an abstraction of nature and a powerful symbol, has a rich history that has involved artists since its inception. A long-term interest in natural form and abstraction led me to use camouflage in the DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material) and Dazzle Painting Series. The organizational structure for these paintings is based upon sacred geometry, specifically variations of the quincunx or double cross form, which originated in early depictions of the cosmos. Melding military camouflage patterns with sacred geometry offers unlimited possibilities for combining rich and contrasting visual forms. With military power and religious ideology currently at the crux of many global conflicts, this combination is especially timely. The contrast of the sacred with the profane is apparent, but not paramount. Although this series incorporates military and religious cultural symbols, it is not a commentary on either, but an exercise in blending opposites to make something new. The fluid, transparent watercolor medium has been chosen to soften the slick camouflage graphics and strict geometry, while the subtle layering of veiled color connects and dissolves shapes. The paintings resemble mandalas both in form and complexity with the result being a transformation of two disparate symbolic forms.

Dazzle #2
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2007
Dazzle #18
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2008
Dazzle #3
watercolor on paper
22x30"
2007
Dazzle #8
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2007
Dazzle  #7
watercolor on paper
16x22"
2007
Dazzle #15
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2008
Dazzle #16
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2008
Dazzle #19
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2008
Dazzle #4
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2007
Dazzle #14
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2008
Dazzle #12
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2007
Dazzle #13
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2008
Dazzle #10
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2008
DPM #2
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007
Dazzle #9
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2007
DPM #20
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007
Dazzle #1
watercolor on paper
22x26"
2007
DPM #10
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007
DPM #17
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007
DPM #14
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007
DPM #16
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007
DPM #12
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007
DPM #18
watercolor on paper
15x15"
2007