Thursday, December 12, 2013

Inspired by Nature's Patterns: Three New Original Paintings by Erin Fickert-Rowland

I've always been fascinated with art, design, and mathematics.  The perfection of beautiful draughtsmanship, elegantly rich color and masterfully planned composition are elements of creativity that continually inspire me.  I had the opportunity to study the master painters of the Renaissance,
da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo, in Italy and have always appreciated the rich mathematical concepts of their work, especially the use of the Golden ratio.

There is a beautiful relationship between this Golden ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence of numbers.  The Fibonacci Sequence is a recurring pattern of numbers where each subsequent number is a sum of the previous two numbers.  Using these numbers to create square areas then creates a Fibonacci Spiral.  Examples of these spirals occur frequently in the natural world, and I have created three new paintings to showcase this amazing phenomenon.

Released by Erin Fickert-Rowland copy
©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, oil on canvas, 24 in x 24 in

Released features the beautiful natural pattern of the bract scales of a pine cone, which grow naturally in a Fibonacci Spiral.  Pine cones hold the seeds of the evergreen tree and only open to release the seeds once they have been fertilized.  The typical brown pine cone we find on the forest floor has turned hard and woody, and has completed its purpose in propagating its tree species by releasing its seeds. 

"Protected" by Erin Fickert-Rowland
©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, oil on canvas, 24 in x 24 in

Protected also spotlights the naturally ocurring Fibonacci Spiral in the bract scales of a common pine cone.  This view reveals the delicate interior of the cone, where it attaches to the tree.  The pine cone serves to protect the delicate seeds of the evergreen tree until they are fertilized and released in the wind.  This painting has been included in the 2013 Nature's Patterns Art Exhibition in Parker, CO.

Renewed by Erin Fickert-Rowland copy
©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, oil on canvas, 24 in x 24 in

Renewed calls attention to the leaves of a succulent plant, which grow naturally in a Fibonacci Spiral.  Because the leaves develop in this wonderfully staggered pattern, the plant has the maximum amount of exposed surface area to receive the optimum benefits of the sunlight.  The new inner leaves are small and have fuzzy hairs closer together, showcasing the plants continuous renewal of growth.

I am very excited about this new series of work.  These paintings have allowed me to develop a richer sense of color and paint texture, and have deepened my understanding of composition.  All are currently available.  Protected is on display in the Nature's Patterns Exhibition until January 3, 2013.  Released and Renewed are currently available on my website.

I hope you are enjoying your holidays so far this year, and delighted in this little art/design adventure with me!


  1. the math leaves me baffled but i do know beauty when i see it and it is shining through in this series!

  2. I agree,Christine, the math is baffling! I don't fully understand it, but it fascinates me! Thank you so much for your kind compliment- I really appreciate it!

  3. These are lovely. It's hard to get those curves right and the shading. Great work!


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