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I was born in 1958 in Salisbury, Maryland. As a child, I concentrated on drawing and playing sports. After high school, I received a college basketball scholarship. At the age of 22, I decided to be a painter after seeing a book in my local library on the great masters.

I want to show in my work the idea, which hides itself behind so-called reality. I’m seeking a bridge from the visible to the invisible: If you wish to get hold of the invisible you must penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible. When spiritual, metaphysical, material things come into my life, I can only fix them by way of painting. It is not the subject, which matters, but the translation of the subject into the abstraction of the surface by means of painting. So I hardly need to abstract anything for each object is unreal enough already, so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting.



Space, height, width, and depth are the four phenomena, which I must transfer into one plane to form the abstract surface of the picture. Space is the infinite deity which surrounds us all and in which we ourselves are contained. It is from forms, which I have found my visible literary subjects. Such as portraits, landscapes and recognizable compositions. All have originated from the senses, in this case the eyes. Each intellectual object has been transformed again into from, color, and space.

It was William Blake who said “have confidences in objects, do not let yourself be intimidated by the horror of the world. Everything is ordered and correct and must fulfill its destiny in order to attain perfection. Seek this path and you will attain from your own-self ever deeper perception of the eternal beauty of creation; you will attain increasing release from all that which now seems to you sad or terrible.”

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