The Flourish Series plays with pattern and ornamentation at its most decorative. The main character is an 18th Century flourish element that is dissected, splayed open, distorted, and obscured: by other patterns, by contemporary colors, and by shifts in registrations. The distortion is crucial because it adds complexity and contemporarility. The different context of this ornament adds insight not only into the past but also provides current meaning to the form.

This series draws from my travels to the East not so much in imagery but through colors and the prevalence of pattern found often in the most unlikely places. Each unique work is relief printed from hand carved plates with numerous inkings and runs through the press.

Flourish I (Relief print, 47"h x 42"w, 2008)

Flourish II (Relief print, 44"h x 30"w, 2008)

Flourish III (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2008)

Flourish IV (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2008)

Flourish V (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2008)

Flourish VI (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2008)

Punctuation (Relief print, 44"h x 30"w, 2008)

Flourish VIII (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2008)

Flourish IX (Relief print, 40"h x 55"w, 2008)

Flourish X (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2009)

Flourish XI (early state) (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2009)

Flourish XI (final state) (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2009)

Flourish XII (Relief print, 40"h x 30"w, 2009)