By 1985 I had had my fill of the squares. The decision
making process was too cumbersome. I wanted something simpler and
more direct. I started making marks and seeing what would develop.
This process has evolved slowly and continues into my current work.
I was committed to paintings that had no preconceived subject matter.
There was purity to that. But there was still a battle with figuration.
Images would emerge during the painting process, requiring a decision
as to whether to preserve these
or let them become buried in an allover.
I wrestled with this issue for many years. I used to make the slow
voyage on the Bluenose, a cruise ship which ferried passengers between
Bar Harbor Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The trip helped me clear
my mind and I would contemplate this figuration vs. allover battle.
Unfortunately, the Bluenose has been replaced by a high speed ferry
which transports tourists quickly, but does not serve my creative