I’ve always had a backward glance, probably as a result of my parent's violent uprooting from their lives in Poland during World War Two. As a young man, I developed an interest in ancient civilizations, cave art, ancient cairns, and Earth Mother Goddess sites. Which all served to reinforce my yearning for a lost past. This mindset is reflected in my choice of medium - the evocative build-up of patina that develops as a result of the oxidation of iron copper and bronze metal effects paint. For the close observer, somber themes of decay and loss can be found in many of my pieces. I had the good fortune to view the Mark Rothko retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York when I was in my early 20s. While contemplating Rothko’s enormous color field paintings, I was enthralled, lost in spiritual reverie. This experience has had an enduring influence on my art - I seek to capture some of that sense of awe that Rothko’s work evokes.