For the past few months I have been infatuated with the series I am working on. I named it "Extinct". It is a collection of semiabstract characters. They are "portraits" of antique arm chairs, which exist only in my imagination. Each of them is colored into certain emotion. The first one I painted refused to come to life till I laid the gold leaf application on its backing, reminiscent of vertebrae... That intuitive move transformed the object of an old chair into a species of extinction. The reference that gave the name to the first painting and to the series. I see this collection as a logical progression of my creative journey. Over the past few years I???ve been more interested in the abstract qualities of the surface. Color becoming the essential means of expression. With the simplifying of shapes and composition and discovering a new complexity of color and paint application, I am not just painting a picture - I am experiencing one. The physical part of "experience" involves a lot of scrapings, impastos, transparencies, palette knife applications, accidents and false starts - "working" the surface till it starts breathing on its own.