If you've had a look at the first six paintings in my series Man and Sea, I think it will be obvious to you that I no longer consider simple beauty to be the determining quality of my work. Not everyone finds my work beautiful. Inherent meaning, however, is understood by most as an intentional part of the work. This "gift" can be taken away by the viewer regardless of whether he buys the painting.
My level of satisfaction with these pieces is significantly higher than it has been in the past, and I am very proud of what they represent.
Another change you will notice is my overall tone: it is much softer for the most part. The full title of the series is a dichotomy, which is taken further in the paintings by pairing sometimes disturbing or negative subject matter with purposefully opposite tones and hues. The intended message is, "This world remains beautiful in the toughest and saddest of times."
Perhaps it is this beauty that has sustained us through the darkest moments in history.