"Art does not need to make sense or to function or to demonstrate any particular idea. It testifies to the beauty of imperfect human thought and action muddled up with feeling."

—Sean Scully, Barcelona, 2002


My early training in abstraction was in music, which, except for texted and programmatic pieces, is non-narrative. I studied piano quite seriously from childhood and went on to earn keyboard and music history degrees at university. When I returned to UC Berkeley to study painting, I was drawn first to non-narrative work and then found my 'subject' tied to the sensation of being in nature. The inherent openness of natural forms attracted me; such forms and their ongoing mutations continue to exhilarate me. My recent work has been on wood panel, which allows an excavation process through layers of paint that one might equate with historical strata.


"A way is just what I don't want . . . . With each new painting I find a way all too soon, and that's when the trouble starts."

—Richard Diebenkorn, from Abstractions on Paper, 2013