Patterns in Nature

Nature abounds with pattern. On my daily walks past gardens, through bush and wetlands, I can’t help but be awed by the myriad shapes, colours and designs, from the intricacies of one little leaf to the repeated shapes in a line of wetland grasses swaying in the breeze. Or the sunlight shining in patterns through branches and leaves.

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Is it all just one big maths lesson?

In the words of Euclid: "The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God"

Sequences and repetition, symmetries and spirals, tessellations and fractals? Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio?

I can’t dispute the calculations and explanations of the experts. But I’m an artist. I see the patterns, but I can’t respond with equations. I respond to nature’s cleverness with my emotions, with my way of seeing. I see juxtapositions of light on dark, of large and small, of repeated and contradictory shapes. I see nature’s little stories. And that’s what comes out in my paintings.




 

Nature’s clever design

Nature’s clever design

Nature’s stories inspire my paintings

Nature’s stories inspire my paintings