The tiny lines series began with connection, thoughts on how people communicate or don't. It is so hard to know another person. You can't be in their head, so you can only know what they tell you. With the tiny lines you see the top few layers of color, but the many layers below the surface are only glimpsed. The lines are all the thoughts and experiences a person has.
The first piece in this series was the overlapping squares. Each square represents a person and the small section that overlaps with another is how much we share with another, which is not a lot in this drawing.
All the images deal with color, how the colors mix together, how to get the desired color with enough contrast to make it pop. The style of not mixing the colors but letting your eyes do it of course came from Seurat, but the tiny lines are luxurious and less angry than dots. Part of the work is the catharsis of repetition with the lines, the calm of doing something over and over while producing beautiful results.
The lines and colors in the animals represent all the thoughts people have about these creatures. Some are beloved, some disliked, some whimsical, others majestic, and some are pets. Throughout our lives, animals are personified, given meaning: the wise elephant, the loyal dog, the elusive cat.