I am honored to have three of my paintings on display all summer at the Sunriver Lodge as part of a group exhibition "Art In A Series" with my fellow artists in the High Desert Art League (HDAL for short.) For this show I am displaying three acrylic paintings of abstracted nature. I create bright backgrounds by layering colorful acrylics then, to create texture and depth, scrape the painted surface with unwanted, disposable plastic gift cards. While useful tools, the plastic cards also symbolize our consumer-driven society polluted with man-made waste. From this ironic use of waste comes my light-filled and whimsical imagery, emphasizing the beauty of “nature in its still state.” I frequently outline my whimsical and colorful images of leaves and trees in creams and whites to analogize the interplay between positives and negatives in space and life. Our show will run May 27, 2016 - September 2016 in the Sunriver Lodge at the Betty Gray Gallery located at 17600 Center Drive in Sunriver, Oregon.