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 because, like music and poetry, it has an immediate expressive force capable of bypassing habitual ways of thinking and feeling.
Each of my paintings is recognizably my own, but it is also an experiment dictated by its particular subject matter. As a matter of principle, I avoid working within my own comfort zone. I do not try to conceal the effort that goes into producing my paintings. Nevertheless, there is always a quiet lyricism in my work, despite its complexity and awkwardness, and an abiding belief in the unique meaningfulness of beautiful colours and forms.
The experience of nature is central to my imagery. I take my motto from Cezanne: 'Art is a harmony parallel with nature.' But art is a human invention, which reflects not only nature but also culture. Culture is a cumulative process. Learning to understand, assimilate, and creatively renew the work of others has always been vital to the development of art and ideas. My paintings often connect to various historical and contemporary sources—usually poems, novels and pieces of music. Because they are abstract, like music, this is not so different from a composer taking a poem and setting it to music to create a song. When different art forms interact, they all benefit and become more meaningful.