“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” —John 1:1
“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.” —Martin Luther
“If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him.” —Voltaire
“I can feel in this man beside me a strong desire to know the things of the Other World.” —Black Elk
“History is learned in pieces.” —Thomas Cahill
My work is a collision of artifacts and events initiated by the people I meet and the things I read. The mindset and ideas of the western world from Plato’s Republic to the writings of CS Lewis are a constant fascination. By looking at the history of religion impressed against the theater of philosophy, I paint panels, and ponder. The histories of the Native American peoples and the Puritans are my present focus. The dance of the Kachina and the modest persistence of the Puritan are finding their way into my thoughts and canvases. Gauguin asked “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”. Rothko searched for the sublime. I wish to share with the world a painterly grin.
—verb (used without object)
1. to smile broadly, esp. as an indication of pleasure, amusement, or the like.
Thomas – Painting # 8 of 27 in the D’Antoni Project, an international collaboration of the Arts witch traveled throughout the US in 2006 and 2007. This painting accompanied a ballet with conceptually coordinated ballet costumes which was danced to a song written by Rex’s brother Erik. The Ballet and Song were preformed inside of a designed architectural structure, which lit itself, all subject matter within the Project delt with the lives 12 Apostles. The painting “Thomas” deals with the nature of Faith, and how at the end of one’s life, when all the intricacies are finished a beautiful composition is created.