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My paintings orchestrate shapes along directional axes to create drama. Sometimes, influenced by Hans Hoffman and Karl Kasten I paint two-dimensionally, embedding flat shapes with hard outlines in the surface of the canvas. Other times, influenced by Arshile Gorky, Ed Moses and Albert Oehlen I plunge into the third dimension, using glazes and scumbling to render shapes with soft fuzzy edges that float in translucent depths.  The content of lean, sprinting brushstrokes set against plush, luxurious shapes is an abstraction of the real-world contrast of sinew with flesh. This basic polarity reveals itself in many forms: that of the athlete and the concubine, John the Baptist vs. Buddha, Male and Female, Yin and Yang.  I wish to use lines, colors and forms to evoke feeling and compel drama. I want my paintings to have the propulsion and intricacy of a symphony or novel.

 
   
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