For me, abstract painting goes with experiential religion. I see Providence underlying life, and abstract form–of the measured, coolheaded variety–is a meaningful equivalent. Unified theories based on patterns in nature are not paeans to science, but independent verification of the sacred order. I share with the early abstractionists an interest in universal imagery to impart spiritual truths. When my forms are simplified to the point of near emptiness, it is only to clear out a space for revelation. John Cage’s silence was another instantiation of the nothing that was the object of perfection for many 20th century artists. On the other hand, I go for the Prophet Elijah’s silence, where the still small voice of God can be heard.
I grew up in an East Coast beach town–a surfer and a preacher’s kid. I was born in the late 60’s, and I trace my painting roots to two important strains at the end of late Modernism: surfing-inflected Pop Art, and Minimalism of an organic sort, like the open horizon where sea meets sky and all detail shrinks to nothing. The layered patterns in my paintings reference Amish quilts, Renaissance marquetry, Islamic art, etc., but the rich surfaces–alternately scratchy and fluid–are grounded in the real world of the here and now.