The Gonzo Garden Series is inspired by three major forces: the California garden style of the 1940's and 1950's developed by Thomas Church and Garret Eckbo; the cubist gardens exhibited in the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes; and the spontaneous prose of Jack Kerouac, based on improvisational Jazz.
The garden design begins with a strong formal layout, but then breaks apart into asymmetrical space. As one moves through the gardens, the view planes constantly shift and are sometimes framed with jagged edges to distort the perspective. These broken planes set up oblique angles, creating differing illusions of space. Small reflecting pools are used to increase the element of depth, reflection and illusion. Mechanical objects are systematically placed in the flat planes of lawn to suggest the conflict between technology and nature. The gardens are also an attempt to depict the hidden flow of energy through ecosystems. In these drawings, this underlying system of flows and interchanges is brought to life through the use of sweeping interconnected lines, patterns, strong ranges of color orchestration and brilliant color contrasts.