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I have often been inspired to create abstract compositions while doing research on ancient cultures. This series is based on a belief that Man has not really changed all that much in the last thirty thousand years. We still divide space the same way and respond to color emotionally. (Continued at bottom of page.)

Wall Fragment 2

Memphis Stela

Genie 5

After Rifaud

Wall Fragment

Cuneiform Tablet

Harbor Scene

Stele Stela

Stela of the Chief Carpenter Amunnakhte

Stela of the Chief Carpenter Amunnakhte 2

Stele 28

Relief with Netherworld Genies

Fresh Water

Genie 1

Departure from Stela of Shrarnay 3


Genie 2

Genie 3

Stela ca. 2130-2140 B.C.

Stele 29

Stele 30

Stele 31

Stele 27

Relief with Genie

Genie 8


I have studied and sketched artifacts in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Man in San Diego. Specific shows that have inspired me include the Treasures of Tutankhamen show in the 1970’s and Tutankhamen and the Golden age of the Pharaohs (in 2006) that I viewed at the Field Museum in Chicago; the Cleopatra show, also at the Field Museum; Eternal Egypt, Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum that I viewed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and The Quest for Immortality Treasures of Ancient Egypt at the Milwaukee Public Museum. I’ve also spent time sketching in the Egyptian rooms at the Museum of Anthropology and Archeology in Philadelphia and at the Louvre in Paris. Using shapes and images inspired by ancient architecture and artifacts, combined with luminous color, creates a sense of mystery.

The process of painting is extremely important to me. When I first learned to paint in the early 70’s I concentrated on controlling the media. It wasn’t until I was confident enough to give up complete control and let the materials and process create accidents that my work became truly exciting to me. Because the accidents were beyond the scope of my imagination, the work became better than I could conceive. I have developed techniques for drawing, staining watercolor, and painting in oil that generally plan and control the concept and composition and also plan for and incorporate accidents.