A motif of horizontal strokes of paint has emerged in my art making. Some works are small and square; some are broad and vast—all connected by an urge to express space, color relationships and value contrasts. Beyond formal concerns, they are inspired by music, art, literature, travel, relationships and ultimately about making a personal statement in an abstract construct. Each painting may call to mind a horizon or a field, often they remain a repetitive pattern like the stripes on a rugby shirt. Looking at artists work like Robert Mangold, Sean Scully and Jacob van Ruisdael keep me rooted, aspiring to draw an arc between the past and present.