Statement about the Vessel paintings

"I am subsumed in the exploration of color and shape relationships. Yet my paintings are expressed from a deep part of myself. The vessel shapes which emerged in these works were not predetermined. They were discovered. Via the vessel image I am reminded of pottery and still-life paintings. The spontaneity and brushwork are influenced by abstract expressionism, while the figure-ground relationships recall textiles and block prints. There's a boldness to the interaction of interlocking shapes. This drama is what I paint. The vessel is an actor."