12x16, Oil, $600

A fractal is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. This is the first in a planned series of cloud paintings to demonstrate fractals, and in general the affinity between nature, painting and mathematics. Note also the focal point at the golden mean, where also the lightest shape meets the darkest part, with the clouds forming a golden spiral. Selected for the NM Art League at its October/November Biologique Exhibition. Available at the Purple Sage Gallery, www.purplesagegallery.biz.