Bright sunlight and shadow with two figures in an ambiguous landscape with evocations of Spain and the Mediterranean Sea and the coast of Northern California. In spite of our longing for permanency, the world is always changing. This painting is an attempt to depict change, invoking both the Buddha’s awareness of the impermanence of phenomena and the Cubist’s struggle to paint more than one point of view on a flat surface. (This image is also available as a digital print.)
After many years of painting landscapes and city scenes, curiosity drew me towards the vivid images of my dreams. I was aware of the works of Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Dalí and Paul Delveaux, but only gradually realized that the images that arose in my own sleep were just as worthy of being painted as the scenes I observed during my waking hours. They are formidable challenges to paint, and if I were confined to painting either the waking or sleeping aspects of life, I would paint dreams.