Working with encaustic artist Gary Kennedy the power of graphic textures and patterns have increased in our work. Visual artists working with texture and patterns is not a new concept. It has being explored through numerous books and articles. For most of my career I have always looked at the big landscape picture. Now, working with Gary I am beginning to focus on the closer textures and patterns in nature. It takes training for your eye to see natural patterns and skill to photographically develop these into an acceptable level of interpretation. It is a challenge to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.