My artwork comes from a visceral experience with materials, texture and form. I think of them as instinctive documentations on a meditative process. Often, elements are inspired by the natural world, or the experience of nature. Sewing into the canvas with thread and beads allows a more intimate relationship with the artwork, by encouraging the eye to look beyond the macrocosm and into the microcosm — the piece in entirety versus the finer details of a piece. The beads and thread both emerge and recede into the surface, challenging engagement beyond passive viewership. Immersion of the viewer into the artwork is the mark of a successful composition to me. This interactions serves as a metaphor for life — a need to examine both the singular and the whole.