Artists Statement

Artist's Statement

My paintings and works on paper have long explored how to develop a modern visual equivalent to the deeply felt interrelationship of earth and cosmos sacred to primitive cultures. I work with thick broad shapes, strong vivid colors and sensuous surfaces to create dense symbol-filled pictures. They do not always depict a certain event, but rather suggest ideas and themes. They don’t speak directly, but presuppose in the mind knowledge of an event or fact.

In the process of working these symbols together, sometimes narratives emerge, but are not planned at the outset. Themes of good and evil, comedy and tragedy, philosophical and global concerns on the fate of the earth and the species that inhabit it, are all evident.

I examine the world through my painting. My work springs from actual experience visually recalled and made permanent. My themes and images are concerned with man, his environment and his interrelationships with all living creatures.

When I am painting, I am only aware of the canvas and what it tells me to do. I am not as concerned with actual representation of images as much as I am concerned with arousing the senses of the viewer. In all the works, there is an urgent plea for the earth interspersed with a reminiscent look back.