Statement of the Artist

In my opinion, the creation of a painting, the writing of a poem and the design/execution/interpretation of a meaningful scientific experiment are among the most satisfying of mental stimuli.  These are stimulating emotional and intellectual experiences. I have a personal relationship with my work; it  enriches my life. And no one other than I can feel the mysterious world of my subconscious. Nor can anyone know precisely the immense and intense satisfaction that  I obtain from the inventive process—imagining, designing, executing and completing a painting or writing a poem. I do not believe that a work of art has to provide a message (social, political, cultural), nor evoke a precise meaning or feeling.  It is up to individuals to decide if the painting/poem connects with them. I do, however, believe it is  meaningful and satisfying when a painting or poem incites a pleasurable, powerful and memorable experience.  A painting speaks a language words do not express. When I complete a painting or poem I derive a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment—an identity with my own well-being through artistic  originality, imagery and fusion of thoughts.  If my work reaches others in the same way, I consider that to be a good and powerful  experience. I am especially influenced by the beauty, order and perfection of nature, the microbial world, and the dynamics of motion in biological life; driven by what I call my intuition of the moment during painting and creative writing. Design, harmony of color, shape and form are dominant forces in my overall artistic thinking.  Undoubtedly, my many years of scientific investigation exploring the basic, molecular, and clinical microbiology of atypical bacteria and pleomorhic forms, attempting to better understand microbial – human  cell interactions in health and disease (at the light and electron microscopic levels) seem indelibly etched on my subconscious, and often contribute to the mystery and intrigue evident in many of my paintings.