For the past 12 years, I have been visiting India on a regular basis and have studied Indian miniature paintings extensively. This has influenced my work and studio practice in many ways, both formally and conceptually. Specifically, I’ve been exploring the connection between ornamentation and devotion, and how adornments, as well as the act of adorning, carry a strong sense of reverent observance. In my works on paper, I borrow imagery and processes from Indian miniature paintings, replacing Hindu Gods with elements from nature, which I choose to honor and embellish instead. These festooned elements embrace both the meditative and pop as they float, dreamlike, in white, open space, and mediate the intentional and the intuitive, the figurative and the abstract, the traditional and contemporary, East and West.