"A true symbol
takes us to the center of the circle, not to another point on the
circumference. It is by symbolism that man enters effectively and
consciously into contact with his own deepest self…."
These works are
living symbols of my struggle to perceive the Transcendent. The
paintings themselves are symbols containing symbols pointing toward
this effort. I look to create fields of action or archetypal
landscapes in which this struggle takes place. This sacred space is
the sphere in which sacrifice, redemption, suffering, ecstasy,
obliteration and, ultimately, resurrection occur and effect
transformations in our being. This symbolic space is inside us and
outside us, it is cosmic and microcosmic; it is space itself.
I begin my paintings by taking found materials (twigs, leaves,
string, etc.) and attaching them to the canvas as textural support
to evoke an organic, naturally evolving, and perhaps chaotic
environment. Cuts and slashes etched into the surface express the
suffering brought about by what I can only call the Ordeal of
Transformation. The resulting composition though brought about by a
random and intuitive process arises out of a desire to give
structure (i.e., intellectual rigor, Cartesian Duality, Euclidean
rationality) to that experience, to codify it. We are pattern
seekers and it is partly this drive that allows us to perceive
radiance. It is a necessary though, perhaps, vain attempt to give
meaning to an experience that is itself only and has no inherent
Ultimately, this is what abstraction in art is about for me: it has
no inherent meaning. As in life, it is we who give meaning to it.
Art is an experience beyond but not exclusive of rational discourse.
It is felt. It is lived. What is important is the experience one has
in relationship to the work, not from what the work arises or to
what it might refer. These are works of aesthetic arrangement. They
are meant to be experienced by the wholeness of our being, not
merely interpreted by the mind.
Joseph Campbell wrote, "…the only true service of the proper artist
today will have to be to individuals: reattuning them to forgotten
archetypes…which have been lost." Though the concept of archetypal
themes is intellectual, the creation of the work itself is purely
instinctual. The idea of instinct in fusion with intellect interests
me. Synthesizing these two approaches, I hope to hold the viewer in
some sort of aesthetic arrest and, in turn, hope the viewer
experiences a deeper connection to that mystery we call being.