In 2008 I further explored acrylics and gold leaf on birch panel, making a large body of work for two solo shows. Some of this work was also included in 5 large invitational shows and one juried exhibit.
In this work, I indulged in my rather OCD love of the grid. It was a jumping off point for further refining very detailed ink drawing. As this skill grew, began making very meticulous botanical illustrations on the panels---sometimes studied from life and occasionally invented.
A vocabulary of personal symbolism grew from this work. Images such as roots, leaves, twigs, eggshells, nails and fortune cookies all became valuable tropes. As the paintings became more labor intensive, they also became smaller.