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After I learned the classical concepts of composition and color. I was then moved by the current stream of free abstraction in American art and wanted to find a middle ground between that freedom and the concepts of prescribed traditional techniques. This resulted in a thirty year-long process of experimentation of both the image and the technique. I was once concerned with the relationship between forms--squares, spheres, straight lines--and sought to take forms to their simplest essence which has evolved to my current work. At the same time, I was concerned with the free expression of the intuitive process and the development of a technique that would create spontaneous patterns of color. This achieved two ends: One, even if I repeated a pattern that interested me, the painting would be drastically different each time due to the spontaneity of the elements used in its creation. Two, the subliminal patterns that emerged created a perfect field of “apparent chaos” upon which I could place simplified structures. This achieved the balance between spontaneity and the notion of composition that I sought.  I use the phrase ‘apparent chaos,’ because spontaneity--when viewed in a limited sense--only appears chaotic. However, spontaneity has its own intrinsic sense of order due to the subconscious elements of the human mind that created it. It is my belief that the human mind cannot escape order and structure even when involved in spontaneous activities. The repetition of the painting process and the layering techniques I have developed are the tools that allow the intuitive perceptions of an underlying order to emerge.  Added to this approach is a continued concern for color and the internal aesthetics of color choice which must play, of course, with the application of light in order to achieve the emotional depth wanted. I view one of my paintings as successful when there is a balance and harmony between all these elements, thus giving the painting a luminous quality.  I feel that as any artist develops, they work upon the past, and when they mature--they need not break from the past--rather, with all their strength and spirit, build a new future.

Underlying my work is a struggle to balance the apparent contraries of life. First, the absolute spontaneity and chaos found in the beginning of my work, balanced with the structure I will place upon it.   Second, there is the eternal battle between light and dark;   hot and cold, blue and red, etc. Finally, there is a space which can have no meaning without a reference point. I only view one of my paintings as successful when I feel that a balance and harmony between these elements has been achieved, thus giving the painting the luminous quality I seek.


Past Prints & posters

Bruce McGaw Graphics, New York, NY

Binary Dialog—out of print                 Stridor—out of print

Top Art, Ltd. Milano, Italy

Mixed Media Art Prints (Lithographs+Serigraphs+Metal Imprints)

Companions—sold out      The Sentinel—sold out     Intrusion I & II—sold out

One Longs into the Other—sold out*     Artist Editions available

Serigraphs—European Edition

Dance, States I & II Ed. of 125—sold out     Intercession, States I & II, Ed. of 125—sold out

*     American Editions available


American Artists, Pictorial Survey of Leading American Artists

Artist of Texas, Volume II and III

Dooble Magazine, Spain

Decor Magazine

Allyn and Bacon, Cover Design/Reading for the 21st Century/First Edition

Allyn and Bacon, Cover Design/Reading for the 21st Century/Second Edition

Allyn and Bacon, Cover design/Reading for the 21st Century/Th'nd Edition

Horizon Technologies, Cover Design/Numerous Quarterly Publications

Goldman-Verlag, Munich, Cover Design/Die Sirenen Des Titan


Southwest Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

  Newman Art Gallery, Addison, TX

Pat Carlson Gallery, Carrollton, TX

Gowman Galleries, Dallas, TX

Los Patios Gallery, San Antonio, TX

American Art and Frame, Dallas, Tx  

Steven de Christopher, Rancho Mirage, CA

Pat Carlson Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ  

Artcetera, Boynton, FL  

Breughel Gallery, Gent, Belgium  

Enio, Aalst, Belgium