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“It’s too late to be ready” ~Dogen Zenji
After more than 30 years immersed in the space and the light of the practice of architecture, I turned back to the fine art of painting where I was deeply influenced in study with painter Frank Hursh of Black Mountain College.  Earlier in my career I  wanted to feel the 3 dimensional effects of architecture and so I spent over 30 years weaving through architectural conceptual design to construction drawings to artist's renderings of the many buildings designed - and back again.  Eventually I saw how perception of light and space arises out of a Great Awareness and so then I could not resist going back to painting in order to directly explore this as deeply as possible.  The arts offer delights and surprises when the experience of Great Awareness Flow is provoked.  Today I’m gratefully immersed in the practice of abstract painting because it is one of the more direct and satisfying ways to recognize the slippery truth of reality. My experience in the studio is to pry open old perceptions in ways that awareness alone becomes the only knowing.  As I work, my intention is to open a bridge that allows perception to flow backward into its still un-imagined source.  I'll sometimes incorporate familiar and deliberate marks or color relationships or shapes with associations that are not quickly clarified.  In deliberately not re-presenting images of objects, I want to provoke a kind of bare visual awareness.  I find this is actually a natural pull from beauty - or truth - that is more elemental than even gravity.  I work across a bridge between the ‘full’ of the materials and the ‘empty’ of that bare awareness…that Great Awareness.  When it works, the painting itself can disappear and a window opens into a viewer's own alive source of beauty instead of onto some material object thought to be beautiful.  I hope the viewer might get a hint of this as if looking right into the impossible mystery of their own source as beauty.    A successful work, for me, is the one that has so departed from comfortable territory that I don't even know if is "good", or not, for days or even weeks after it is finished.  I know it is finished with me when I am looking/listening from that most still place of awareness into a poetic kind of coherence which I cannot yet explain in words.