A detail from The Peripheral Character (3), 2016 (oil, acrylic, watercolor, marble dust, plaster and lacquer on canvas, 24 x 30 inches), currently part of the exhibition Identity and Anonymity at the Kurt Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, New York.

A detail from The Peripheral Character (3), 2016 (oil, acrylic, watercolor, marble dust, plaster and lacquer on canvas, 24 x 30 inches), currently part of the exhibition Identity and Anonymity at the Kurt Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, New York.

Imagined this way, the stigmas of empty innovation for modernism’s sake—so often attached to modern art of the 20th century—and empty mimetic copywork for tradition’s sake—an attack still often leveled against the western canon by modern scholars—might never have materialized, allowing instead for the gestation of a rich amalgam of these two strains of European art.

I begin each painting by considering a different period, style or school of art from the past, or the output of a single artist at a given moment in her career. I then try to identify those features of the art which are most likely to survive the translation from representation to abstraction, or from one form of abstraction to another. This is a personal process of formal response to visual prompts, not a disciplined analysis. I make no claim of accuracy, nor even of credibility for the images that result. If the viewer bears my premise in mind while viewing the paintings, however, both the differences and the consistencies among them will probably make more sense.