The art of urban societies frequently shows our human desire for a connection with the natural world, as seen in everything from ancient Roman frescoes of gardens to Chinese panel paintings of mountain landscapes. As a city dweller, I am drawn to quiet natural elements: A path winding through the woods. Moss hiding in the shadow of the tree. Stones on the ground sparkling in the sunlight. Bright red berries in raspberry bushes. I am also interested in human constructions echoing natural forms: Balconies teaming with potted plants. Gardens outgrowing the confines of a gated courtyard. Wrought iron railings with floral motifs. Man-made walls mimicking crumbling, ancient stone walls. Tangled electrical lines that look like jungle vines. I begin my work by painting observed details and use collage and embellishment to create imaginary architectural and landscape fantasies.