In the series titled Swarm Behavior, I am inspired by the intricate and entrancing imagery that species who swarm unintentionally create. Similar to a school of fish, a murmuration (flock of Starlings) serves as a form of protection for the hundreds of tiny birds that fly together. Each Starling shadows seven of its nearest neighbors. To the human eye, however, they are performing mesmerizing dances while creating visual works of art.
In a sort of meditative manner, the “swarms” in my series develop either through stippling, a technique used to create patterns through varying degrees of small dots, or through a controlled splatter. Hundreds of specks morph to create the elaborate shapes found in each of my drawings or paintings.
Swarm Behavior 2012-Present
Watercolor and ink on wood panel