From Darkness, Light
The works in this current exhibit were produced during my recent struggle with a rare neurologic disease that shares some features with Parkinson's Disease. This illness and the side effects of medications have affected both my physical abilities and my mental state.
Throughout this difficult period of adjustment, I have continued to work in the same manner that I always had, painting from my unconscious imagination rather than from physical reality. These recent paintings are the result. In one series, floral arrangements emerge unexpectedly from the darkness, bathed in light. In another series, vague feminine figures appear in ambiguous poses, merging with colorful backgrounds.
Both these series of paintings reflect the visual experiences I have had during my illness. My perception of reality can be distorted at times, in what the neurologist and author Oliver Sachs referred to as "illusions," as distinguished from hallucinations. Images appear from the darkness, and I am sometimes surprised by fleeting images of visitors whom I encounter upon entering a room. As they cannot be avoided for now, I choose to embrace these visions as part of my life and my art.