This month’s featured Member artist is Helen Dechtiar, who is showing her "organic abstracts" using varied mediums such as watercolor, pen and ink, watercolor pencil, gouache, oil and acrylic. Her work is influenced by the scientific investigation of micro-worlds, stellar worlds and worlds we imagine may exist. She searches for the harmonies, patterns, movements and the "changes and chances" hidden in these worlds rather than choosing to create illusions of reality, also known as "realism". Helen is also influenced by Asian art that seeks to explore the "essence" of things. She looks for the patterns and forms she sees within Chinese and Arabic calligraphy.