I paint in two distinct styles, representational and abstract, which
may at first appear irreconcilable, but are in fact two aspects of
the same journey. For one, I venture out. For the other, I venture
in. For both, the outcome is the same.
My representational work embodies my response to the environment,
particularly to the countryside and to the shades, shadows, and
colors of early mornings and late afternoons. As I paint, I recall
and re-experience the peace and freedom of the open air as well as
the spectacular and captivating qualities of the great outdoors.
This meditative act of creating art about real places inspires and
centers me in my life.
When painting in abstract, I travel inward, exploring and responding
to progressions of thoughts and emotions deep within my mind. Free
of visual constraints, these intangible introspective meditations
take no recognizable form. Instead, they manifest themselves as
successive, unfolding, and spontaneous adventures in color, texture,
No matter how or what I paint, whether the inspiration comes from
within or without, the destination remains the same. I achieve
relative moments of closure, of completeness, and of peace. Most
importantly, my art affirms my belief in the oneness of body, mind,
and the world in which we live.
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