Teresa Downard

Department of Mathematics, Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

As an artist I am exploring the parallels between visual and mathematical abstraction, symmetry, and symbolism. To illustrate relationships I like to use analogy with human experience, natural textures, and the juxtaposition of colors. I typically paint in acrylics and oils, and also enjoy doing ink and pencil compositions.

Lie tree
12 x 12 in
acrylic on board

Much of the mystery of a Lie group like the cylinder is revealed by the tangent space at the identity, this reminds me of how the lushness, beauty, and essential characteristics of a tree are exhibited by growth from a certain point. This piece features a tulip tree and a selection of Lie subgroups.