I listen, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand

- Chinese Proverb

Artist’s Statement

A painter must learn first from the ancient masters, then from nature, and finally from his own mind, - Tung Ch'i-ch'ang

This quotation becomes a continually rolling conceptual wheel. One continues to learn from the ancient masters, and nature, as his/her mind grows and changes. Always coming back to the beginning. Observing something that was not noticed before. I would say that if I drew the same inanimate object everyday it would change before my eyes as I, myself, change.

Studying plant and marine life is a way of observing pattern; and pattern is the foundation of our universe. Finding shapes, and then realizing they are part of a larger design is a truly exciting visual moment of realization.

Just as Einstein's four principles of energy, matter, space, and time are relevant to scientific research they are also the foundation of visual communication.

As in life we carve out a space from what appears to be chaos and create a personal harmony. The challenge is to try to make sense of what is found, a harmonious tension.

Finally, my artwork is about beauty/meaning, tension/relationship, and resolution.