John Schuerman explores the relationship between the mind and natural order. His drawings and paintings are realistically rendered yet conceptually abstracted. Realistic patterns of nature are combined with abstract concepts – language, mathematical models and symbols. He imposes unnatural structure on natural substance, and conversely, depicts abstract human ideas with natural forms. He says, “I am breaking down the symbols by composing them of nature, and I am imposing human symbolism on natural patterns. I’m honoring man’s quest for a greater place, but reckoning with the magnitude of this contention with nature.” Schuerman rarely works from photographs, preferring to map the forces of nature through direct observation.