This is my gallery of recent stitched paper artwork. I create organic abstractions, exploring patterns, shapes, colors and textures I see in nature. I contrast two ways of seeing, one macro and one micro, integrating patterns that are similar to both. Stepping back, I take in the shapes of leaves, water, rocks and sand, reinterpreting them as patterns and rhythms. Zooming in, as with a microscope, I explore the sculptural aspect of unicellular creatures. The simple organic structures of microorganisms appear as recurring elements in my work. I find in them a peaceful, inherent serenity. Using their shapes as a “figure,” I then develop themes and variations through repetition and abstraction. Ideally, I want to create a sense of peace, allowing the viewer to gaze restfully at the work, slowing the pulse, calming the heart. I love Japanese art and culture, and midcentury modern design: both are influences in my stitched paper artwork.