It is that which you see before you– begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. -Huang Po, 9th Century CE

What you see is what you see. –Frank Stella, 1964

What you see is who you are.- Mark Brown, 2021

I am as driven by paint’s malleability as I am by my need to express the indefinable. I use brushes, knives and trowels to apply paint. To subtract I use squeegees, turpentine wipes and sandpaper. I often make my own paint to enhance the tinting strength of the colors.

Improvisation within a thematic framework is the foundation of my pictorial approach. The philosophical discipline in my studio practice is Shoshin, or ‘beginner’s mind.’ ‘…having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level.’

My conscientious editing produces art that is deceptively simple and powerfully affective.


Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to ignore academic fashions.

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