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My paintings and drawings are based on the investigation of change and the synthesis of opposites. This change involves the transition between opposing forces and the consequences of their interaction.

I see my works primarily as experiences and secondarily as objects. The experiences evoked through my work are most important. The physical nature of the work is merely a catalyst to help elicit certain states of mind and ideas. Changes which my work evokes are based on personal as well as on larger external contexts. As change is a function of existence, it has inherent contradictions between stability and order on one hand and chaos and randomness on the other.

The process of change occurs constantly in the physical world, and it is an ongoing process in the mind as well. Consciousness of change provokes thought and analysis not only for the preservation of the physical self, but also for the psychic adaptation and integration to various environments. These environments are social, professional, economic, natural, etc. The process of change may be viewed as having no absolute origin or cessation. Transitions, from one place to another, transformations due to life cycles, transformation of substances, and the dynamics of opposites become very important in my work. Opposition between rest and motion, matter and energy, form and formlessness, the physical and the mental, objective and subjective, order and chaos, and chance and certainty have been primary interest in the development of my painting and drawing.

In retrospect, my work has been a search for synthesis. That is to unite, combine, and integrate those aspects of consciousness and experiences which seem disparate and incongruous. This unity of disparates seems to always create a higher level of new meaning and psychic growth. I am extremely aware that in many cases synthesis is not possible; when it is, it may be of short duration. Nonetheless, the manifestations of change and the dynamism of opposites have profound effects on our immediate and long term involvement with others and the environment. My attempts to integrate transitions or opposites in my life have found sympathetic counterparts through visual art forms. These forms can be dynamic and transient, as well as passive and permanent. The synthesis that we fleetingly attain in daily life experiences can be momentarily arrested, and perhaps make our existence more meaningful.
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