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"Ruled by Modernism, painting in the first half of the twentieth century relied heavily on qualities such as pictorial distortion, exaggerated surface notation and compressed pictorial space to carry meaning. My approach to painting has taken the contrary position of abandoning ornamental brushwork and decorative manipulation of the appearance of things. The primary goal is to describe the appearance of things, not to use things as a starting point for creating pictorial events that point only secondarily to events outside the arena of painting."  more...