Artist Statement Submitted 2014Finding myself unable to paint for a number of years, I borrowed a technique from one of my favorite painters, Matisse, and began to work with cut and torn papers. At about the same time, I began reading a fair amount of poetry relating to war. I began by reading Homer's ILIAD, and scriptural verse, and continued reading works up to and including 20th and 21st century writers. Using phrases from scripture and individual poems as titles for the works, I sought to integrate both the verbal and the visual as a response to those who had been a witness to, or who had played a part in, the theater of war. The title of this series is taken from Goya's "Disasters of War."