I am a self-taught painter of abstract pictures inspired by music, literature and nature. The purpose of my work is to communicate thoughts and feelings that are difficult to express in words. Abstract painting is especially suited to this challenge, although it can seem very difficult to understand, because, like music and poetry, it has an immediate expressive force capable of bypassing habitual ways of thinking and feeling. Now that abstraction is familiar to everyone—a staple of waiting rooms and furniture catalogues—the task is to create new forms that engage the eyes and the mind, rather than fulfilling a merely decorative role.
I have no fixed style. Each of my paintings is recognizably my own, but it is also an experiment dictated by its particular subject matter. I do not try to conceal the effort that goes into producing them: as the original modernists understood, a certain awkwardness is visible in every honest attempt to convey something new, difficult, or unfamiliar. As a matter of principle, I avoid working within my own comfort zone. The result is often hard to process, an interplay of symmetries and asymmetries, every detail overwrought even when the brushwork is loose and free. Nevertheless, there is always a quiet lyricism in my work, and an abiding belief in the unique meaningfulness of sublime and beautiful forms.
Human culture is a cumulative process. Learning to understand, to draw upon, and to contribute to this process of evolution has been the goal of many artists, and it is also mine. To that end, my paintings often ‘illustrate’ various historical and contemporary sources of inspiration—usually poems, novels and pieces of music. Because they are abstract, this is not so different from a composer taking a poem and setting it to music to create a song—in both cases, an existing work of art is assimilated into an abstract medium of sound or, in my case, colour. There is no reason why abstract painters can't make use of the same rich treasury of cultural materials that other artists have always drawn upon. When different art-forms interact, they all benefit and become more meaningful.