I arrive at abstraction through the fusion of the universe, nature, and geological investigations via the process of painting. I embrace the dichotomies inherent in my work, such as abstraction versus representation, tangible versus intangible, finite versus infinite, and calculated versus spontaneous. Abstracting the tangible elements of nature and the intangible universe is a vehicle for alluding to otherness and the unseen. My process of painting includes both calculated and spontaneous marks that emphasize the tension between paint-as-material and its representational function. Performative actions of pouring and manipulating the paint allow color and form to affect the viewer. Parallels are created between the elemental aspects of painting and those of nature.