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January 2023

Typically I do not title my paintings. I don’t know what to title what I paint. Not knowing what I paint even after I’ve painted it leaves the abstract experience in place.

If I title my paintings, then I’ve taken my emotionality and my thoughts, what I’ve just expressed on canvas, and organized and concretized that which is more honestly left wordless.

If I present an abstraction of art, originating from an abstraction within me, and then title it, I have squeezed all the complexity of my inner life out of its expression on the canvas.

Mark Rothko famously asserted that his works not only expressed human emotion, but also stimulated psychological and emotional experiences in those who witnessed them. This might be uncomfortable for the viewer, and why many people do not like this type of art.

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