This painting arose from musing on an interview that Stanley Kubrick gave in 1968. When I was young I originally read his comments to glean clues to understanding Kubrick’s landmark film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – but I have repeatedly gone back to that interview and... The other side of the ocean from CAUSEWAY. “The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent… but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species... Growing up in the fifties and sixties most of us fully expected the progress so evident in society and the space sciences to continue at the same headlong pace they had shown during those years. As a young boy I never imagined that by the new millennium we would not... Painted as I was turning from 55 to 56 and pondering the intransigence of time. I swear I was not consciously thinking, “Time and Tide wait for no man!” A world of concrete works in disarray, thrown about by some unknown cataclysm. The figure in the image realizes that safety lies not in hiding in darkness but in facing reality, seeking light, and acquiring knowledge. It is only with knowledge and the advantages of a... The smallest of the Faded Star Series, it is a visual reflection of the unease and excitement I felt at jumping forth into the [for me] new world of so-called fine art painting. For me, the faded star is a symbol of despair and disenchantment, but in our children we find the possibilities of a brighter future, a light beyond the negatives of day to day existence.