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One of the most frequently asked questions is, "Where do you get your ideas"? The exhibition is loosely grouped on this theme. The gallery is divided into three sections representing three sources of ideation.
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Logos Gallery
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If all the life forms in our galaxy can be considered linked by a common evolutionary timeframe, then the mass consciousness of this life can be considered as a solitary being called The Logos, as Earth is considered to be called Gaia. Indeed life may have first arrived on Earth, as forms of virus from deep space in a choreographed act known as "directed pan-spermia". The essence of this idea is that what we perceive as spontaneous may have in fact, a hidden source. This is another way of saying that with this group of paintings, I really don't know where the ideas came from! I attribute them to a "metaphysical muse", or a "galactic homunculus", or some piece of the Logos within me that I have no control over. I don't begin to really understand these paintings until long after they are finished and sometimes, not until other people see something in them and tell me what they see. Sometimes I would begin a painting with an idea in mind and utterly fail at rendering the concept, only to find something much better than I had intended. This is the case with the Illumination triptych, especially Enoch's Third Heaven. Often I would start a blank canvas with a solitary brush stroke or shape, then proceed blindly until it gelled into something as with the Logos. These works can sometimes be associated with a specific piece of music. The painting E-Womb began as pure form but was later influenced by seeing a cluster of young tadpoles in the water. This group of paintings can be summed up by calling them "after the fact" paintings.

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Wanderer's Gallery
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Dreams, lucid dreams and meditation are the principle sources for these works. I have tried to keep an annual sketchbook journal since 1971. If I woke up with a strong dream memory, I would try to sketch an image or write a concept. Some of these make it to paintings. With the painting RA, the dream was potent but the memory of it was visually difficult, which resulted in an effort to minimalize error by only rendering the essence of the experience, which was the sense of having met an alien that people of the period considered to be a God. Much of the work in this group reflects a spiritual connection to space, with ideas such as reincarnation, as in The Reincarnation of Treela, or divine presence such as in Trinity. The name "Wanderer" refers to a soul who is not necessarily from Earth who incarnates here as in Implantation or of one who "graduates" from Earth as in Ascension of Souls at Jupiter. Some of these paintings are simply imagery from space that seems familiar to me, like Jupiter Close Approach or Ganymede.

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Imagine Gallery
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These are works of art that begin with a tangible concept, whether an illustrative image or a narrative idea. The painting Imagine was the development of the concept of building a bridge to the future through excellence in education. This painting was donated to the Center for Educational Studies and Services at Plattsburgh State's Sybley Hall in the hopes of inspiring the pursuit of academic excellence. Some works in this category are ongoing series. The paintings Persistence of Innocence, Persistence of Humor and Forsaken are part of an expression of personal experience called the Vulcan Series (I am in control of my emotions). The Starship World Series is a collection of other world imagery, mostly inspired by technology and it's promise of tomorrow's enlightenment. Roll Maneuver was derived from an actual experience where I had been observing the shuttle launch pad through binoculars from the causeway approach to the Kennedy Space Center when a dolphin leapt out of the water in the same field of view as the space shuttle on the pad. When on another occasion to visit to the Space Center, the same exact experience occurred again, I had to say to myself that this dolphin is trying to tell me something; I had better make this a painting. Some works in this group are simply the product of wishful thinking, such as Freedom, which was an early conceptualization of the International Space Station now under construction. This painting was started in 1984 when the station's design was still very tentative.

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