Discovering the stories and faces imbedded in the natural flow and patterns of wood grain.

For this collection I uncover the faces and stories I see in the organic wood grain shapes in my painting surface of choice, wood panels. Ever tried to look for shapes in clouds, or seen a face burned into your toast? This is Pareidolia. It is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns and faces in random surfaces. This often leads to people assigning human characteristics to objects.

Leonardo da Vinci wrote about pareidolia as an artistic device. “If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills,” he wrote in a passage in one of his extensive notebooks.