My relationship to abstraction has been changing in recent years. Sources in the physical world have become more prominent as catalysts in my process of painting and drawing… During a month I spent on an artist’s residency in Ireland, the impulse that connects my work to the physical world continued to evolve. In addition to the direct visual stimulation of the environment I encountered there, I was energized by the palpable presence of the ancient history that hovers at the surface – in the form of Neolithic tombs, ruins of castles and abbeys, abundant fossils, and a vivid geological history. I felt a strong sense of a time on earth when all was not charted and documented – when the â��terra incognitaâ�� of the world left mapmakers and scientists with only the option of imaginative and artistic speculation. The mystery of not knowing what lies over the horizon resonates with the sense I have of my own role as an artist a feeling that I am a chronicler of something important that has yet to be revealed. These impulses manifested in a series of drawings, Notes from the Edge of the World, that incorporate the imagery of rubber stamps, frequently of a botanical or decorative form, with that of the graphite line. The two prints that I have created with VanDeb editions are an extension and an expansion of the world I am exploring in this series.