IN THE PAST MAN HAD A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS GODS.

IN CHRISTIANITY, MAN HAD JESUS;

IN ISLAM, MAN HAD ALLAH VIA MOHAMMED;

IN JUDAISM, MAN HAD YAHWEH.

BUDDHISM DIFFERED SOMEWHAT IN THAT MAN WAS NOT CREATED A SEPARATION BETWEEN MAN AND HIS GODS.

I DO NOT VIEW THIS AS A LOSS;

RATHER I THINK IT PROVIDES US WITH A CHANCE TO REEVALUATE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH THE SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL WORLDS.

IN MY ART, I ATTEMPT TO EXPRESS A MORE PRIMAL STATE IN WHICH WE ONCE LIVED AND IN WHICH WE WILL LIVE AGAIN.

I BELIEVE MAN HAS AN INHERENT UNDERSTANDING OF BEAUTY AND TRUTH.

I ATTEMPT TO SHOW THESE IN MY ART; HOWEVER, WHEN I PAINT ON A CANVAS I SEE THAT I HAVE FALLEN SHORT.

ACTION PAINTING IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO TRULY BE IN THE MOMENT.

THE SAME STATE I SEEK IS THE SAME STATE, WHICH ZEN BUDDHISTS SEEK, AN UNMEDIATED AWARENESS OF EXISTENCE.

ALTHOUGH ZEN AND ACTION PAINTING MAY SEEM VERY DIFFERENT, THEY HAVE THE SAME GOAL.

IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING A WORK, PAINT DRIPS AND SPILLS, I MOVE AND TIRE, THE CANVAS SOMETIMES TEARS AND BRUSHES OFTEN BREAK.

I FEEL THAT THE UNTIDINESS OF THIS TRULY REFLECTS LIFE.