“The decorative results of ornamentation and the innate harmony of geometry are the foundation of my artistic exploration. Attention to the surface allows for a wide range of patterning effects as well as investigations of color and scale. My color palettes reflect different historical artists such as Hokusai, Winslow Homer and William Morris and my selection of patterns seeks to be relevant to the artist or at least an appropriate cultural time frame. This is however always meant to be evocative, rather than explicit. The juxtaposition of a thoroughly modern material with historical referencing brings the past to the present and the present into contact with the past. The inherent balance of most geometric form offers classically derived structure for my richly adorned surfaces.” – Rachel Carren