The overgrown alleys of my North Portland neighborhood provided the inspiration for this series of paintings. I’m intrigued by the juxtaposition of the wild and urban, and by the delicate balance of growth and decay. I wonder if a rotting garage might collapse and crush the mass of blackberries threatening to engulf it. I watch the slow fading of my neighbor’s striped wading pool, abandoned under the bright summer sun. These studies from the summer of 2012/2013, explore the tension that occurs at the intersection where nature meets urban development.