Butterfly Hurricanes

The artwork of The Butterfly Hurricanes Project contemplates global and local issues through the lexicon of abstraction. This body of work is inspired by the historical roots of abstraction, where mystical and spiritual meaning was thought to be best expressed through the language of non-objectivity (artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Kline and others). Each artwork focuses on a specific issue, imbedding information and meaning through a process that begins with realistic imagery (or symbols) related to the specific topic, then translates these images using overlapping blind contour drawings. The bright and saturated colors reflect my desire to suffuse positive energy toward addressing problems where solutions often seem overwhelmingly insurmountable. Scientist Edward Lorenz originated the phrase, 'Butterfly Hurricanes'. In 1961 he discovered that small changes at one place in a system could result in exponentially larger changes throughout the system. Lorenz developed the concept of "a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before". This phrase expresses the idea that individual action has ripple effects with the power to affect the lives of many others. During the process of making this work I've become more aware of my own complicities in our shared human predicaments, and have learned additional avenues in becoming an active participant in positive change. It's my hope that The Butterfly Hurricanes Project will continue to be inspirational, informational and transformative – converting the energy of art into compassionate, actionable involvement.

BH 01 – E Waste
BH 01 – E Waste

30" x 20", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 02 – The Wage Gap
BH 02 – The Wage Gap

28" x 28", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 03 – Mental Health Stigmas
BH 03 – Mental Health Stigmas

24" x 24", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 04 - Cancer Cures
BH 04 - Cancer Cures

24" x 18", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 05 – Education Inequities
BH 05 – Education Inequities

12" x 9", Ink, watercolor, gouache, color & graphite pencil, gold leaf on paper, SOLD

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BH 06 – Hunger
BH 06 – Hunger

18" x 24", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 07 - Plastics Pollution
BH 07 - Plastics Pollution

26" x 18", Oil on canvas

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BH 07B - Plastics Pollution
BH 07B - Plastics Pollution

12" x 9", Mixed media collage on paper, SOLD

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BH 07C - Plastics Pollution
BH 07C - Plastics Pollution

18" x 12", Mixed media collage on paper

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BH 07D - Plastics Pollution
BH 07D - Plastics Pollution

9" x 12", Mixed media collage on paper, SOLD

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BH_08_Homelessness.jpg
BH_08_Homelessness.jpg

28" x 28", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 09 - AnimalWelfare
BH 09 - AnimalWelfare

24" x 20", Oil on canvas

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BH 10 - Water Scarcity
BH 10 - Water Scarcity

18" x 30", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 11 - Corruption and Greed
BH 11 - Corruption and Greed

16" x 12", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 12 - Prejudice and Bigotry
BH 12 - Prejudice and Bigotry

34" x 18", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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BH 13 - Reproductive Rights
BH 13 - Reproductive Rights

24" x 24", Oil on canvas

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BH 14 - Gun Violence
BH 14 - Gun Violence

32" x 28", Oil on canvas, (Re-committed)

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BH 05B - EducationInequities
BH 05B - EducationInequities

18" x 24", Oil on canvas, SOLD

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