Painting for me is a dialogue between myself and the work. I generally have no preconception of what a painting will be like until I start painting. The work takes shape in the process of painting as each piece reveals to me what it wishes to be. The work is generally abstract, but it always contains allusions to ideas and concepts that go beyond the formal qualities of a piece. The ideas in the paintings often are inspired by the extensive reading I have done in poetry, philosophy, alchemy and the hermetic tradition, and may include allusions to Greek mythology, existential philosophy, Buddhism, ancient Sumerian culture and Jungian psychology. When I am painting I think of myself as a conduit for the ideas I find important.
My latest series is based on a dense layering of horizontal lines. They are related to landscape painting in that all landscapes are based on the horizon line. These paintings simplify the "landscape" to the horizon(tal) line alone, repeated over and over. In this way they tend to replicate the layering of sediment in soil. They also reflect the passage of time, as each new day brings a new horizon.
The poems are an outgrowth of the paintings. In showing the paintings to friends and others I am often asked to, or am tempted to, provide explanations of the more abstract work. I am never very satisfied with the explanations, and so I have written poems which I hope will provide all the elucidation necessary to provide full comprehension of my artistic intentions. Feel free to ignore the poems if you feel comfortable providing your own interpretations of the paintings .