Even an abstract form has to have a likeness.
-Willem de Kooning

Most of the pleasure is in getting the last little piece perfect.
- Chuck Close

In the spring, the grass grows by itself.
- Bhagwan Rajneesh


My paintings are about the changes time brings to all things, and time's power to transform even the most resistant of objects. My recent work depicts rock formations; the subtlety of forms, textures, and color in these surfaces reflect nature's millions of years of continuous sculpting.

I change the appearance of these ordinary forms in order to create the perfect abstract world. The finished composition hopefully gets a sense of completeness, and the invented "improvements"are intended to go unnoticed.

My brand of painterly realism was influenced by the scientific observation of Constable's meteorological studies and the obsessive patterning of more contemporary painters, such as Chuck Close and Neil Welliver. The attention to surface detail is counterbalanced by an implied abstraction. Eliminating the horizon makes the viewer consider more fully the descriptive quality of the forms, and a tension develops between the concrete and the abstract.

The art historian, Bernard Berenson, wrote that the image's tactile quality gives it life.  
I hope these paintings derive power from an implied sense of touch.  The tactile results from painting the constant and minute changes of the objects' surface and, hopefully, creates excitement as the 2D is rendered to give a 3D illusion.