INDIAN TAPESTRY 

24" X 12" repeat


I was thinking about paisleys when I made this abstracted floral. The unusual shapes and many small dots—dots are a theme in my work—rendered in dark green and hot pink have a zingy, 1960s feel.


SCATTERED LEAVES

12" X 12" repeat


Spaced far apart on a milky, pistachio-green ground, spiked seed pods and leaves in bright red and orange feel light and airy. The little pink dots add a sweetness.

STARSTRUCK
When I painted this, I was thinking of how constellations connect the stars, but it could easily be a salt crystal under a microscope, or even the sky itself in all its many shades of navy.

LEMONS 

26' X 18" repeat


As a painting, this combination of bright lemon shapes, white petals, and celery green branches is so cheerful. I just love living with it. 
 
 

SOLAR CIRCLE

16" X 10" repeat 


There’s something mesmerizing about these bullseyes in a grid pattern—the circles recede and advance at the same time, as if they’re moving. The flat gold has a wonderful richness. 


LOTUS SPIN

40" X 26" repeat

This simple, still pool full of lotus blossoms feels almost classical in blue and ivory. 

VASE POSITIVE

23" X 15" repeat 


I was very surprised when I turned this piece from a canvas painting into a pattern, and the negative space popped up! It’s like a Rorschach Test: Do you see a green-and-brown vase, or a curvy white-and-brown woman?

SEA ANEMONE

10" X 10"


This dark gray tidal pool full of red fronds and freaky bright-green sea creatures is from a series of 8”x8” paintings. I’d love to see it in a larger scale, too. 

JADE FLURRY

24" X 12"

I painted this as a black river crowded with fallen fragments of Dr. Seuss-ian palm trees and poofs, but it could also be the view from beneath a canopy of trees on a tropical night. 
 

VERDANT SYMMETRY 

10" X 10" repeat


This is from my series inspired by 19th-century German botanical diagrams. The big green trumpet plants are so dramatic against the black. 

GREEN PINWHEELS 

24" X 12" repeat 


Like a tight, small calico, or a Liberty print, this smattering of green-and-yellow flowers bursting from their reddish circles is comforting and cheerful. 

STACCATO

12" X 12" repeat 


I was thinking of 1950s cretonne fabric when I combined these tiny flower specimens with a deconstructed flurry of squares. The green and beige against black is so chic.

FALL LEAVES

Autumn leaves swirling around

BRUSH-AND-INK

27" X 12" repeat 


Thick black lines and jagged gray flowers layered atop one another on a white ground come across as delicate and assertive at the same time. 

NATURAL WONDER

24" X 24" repeat


I made a series of nearly two-hundred natural-ink drawings inspired by diatoms, or one-celled animals. This pattern combines several of those images, in varying sizes, all connected with squiggles.
 

RIVER SWIRL

27" X 10" repeat


Cacti, flowers, pinecones, branches—here all sorts of foliage is headed downstream, caught up in the eddies and carried along by the current.
 

SEED POD

36" X 24" repeat


The muted yellowy-orange and pink palette is so warm and inviting, especially with the swooping green pods and dotted lines falling like a rain shower on a late summer afternoon. 


31" X 12"

WINTER TREES 

Brown pinecones on a black ground remind me of New England in November, when the last leaves have fallen and before the snow comes.
 

PACIFIC

20" X 20" repeat

I think of these squares as water, but they can be nearly anything: falling rain getting heavier, an aerial map of a city, the side of a skyscraper. I even projected them on a wall for one of minimalist composer Julia Wolfe’s instrumental choruses at Roulette.
 

BIRDSONG 

27" X 12"


I have always been inspired by birds. When I made this painting, I could practically hear them chattering in the trees, eating berries and ruffling their feathers. A friend wants to make this into a jacket.


6" X 6" repeat

DOGWOOD

Soft, pale greens remind me of spring, when dogwood trees fill with blossoms. The black curlicues and tiny yellow fleur-de-lis create a sense of movement, like a breeze.

EDWARDIAN QUEEN

36" X 24" repeat 


This stream-of-consciousness whirl of made-up flowers and vines has a paisley mood, like a black-and-green brocade from the Edwardian period, with just a touch of pink. 


20" X 14" repeat

ELLEN ORIGINAL

While staying at an old summer house in Maine, I realized that long ago someone had hung the 1940s ivy wallpaper upside down. My interpretation combines heart-shaped philodendron leaves with olives and wood grain. 

FLORA BAND
Pale orange and yellow stripes of varying widths give the loosely-falling dark blue flowers and leaves an almost formal quality. This pattern is especially good as drapes.
 

27" X 27" repeat

GOLDEN LINKS

Turning this painting into a mirror print made it so exciting—the mirror creates shapes you’d never expect. The gold and green together feel luxurious. This would be a great wallpaper.

12" X 9" repeat 

IVORY MEADOW

The ivory daisies with their tall, leafy stems are like marble statues standing in a sun-kissed field of turquoise-blue cornflowers and forget-me-nots.

12" X 12" repeat

ATLANTIC

I’d read that if you’re feeling stuck, creatively, pare yourself down to one simple element. For me that was a blue square. These indigo brush marks entertained me for years.

33" X 43" repeat

ALPHONSE

I made a series of drawings inspired by 19th-century German botanical diagrams of plants against a black background. This flowery specimen has a swirly quality worthy of Art Nouveau superstar Alphonse Mucha.

16" X 16" repeat
ALEX BRAZIL

The long, green leaves zooming across a field of yellow blossoms feel more vegetative than floral, like corn before it’s husked, or breadfruit. My friend Alex in Brazil used it to upholster cushions on a midcentury chair.

repeat: 6" X 20"

WENDY
I named this classic blue-and-white floral for my sister Wendy. It’s both timeless and playful, and it looks great inverted, too.