This series of paintings explores the conversation between the patterned plane, the organic forms that float on top of it, and the edge of the canvas. Tension and balance are critical. The space in the paintings is quite shallow; the organic forms (enlarged as if seen under a microscope) are capable at any moment of scuttling off, coming to rest in a different position, shaping a new relationship with another form and engaging in an entirely new dialog with the pattern. Finding the proper arrangement and the space between the elements is the challenge. Francis O’Shea is a graduate of Connecticut College and received an MA and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He has had a residency at Yaddo and has shown both in and out of New York, most recently at the Kouros Gallery in New York.