Statement

Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form.

“Attempting to express this paradox of form and emptiness, my painting is most satisfying to me when the work defines an ambiguous area between the abstraction of materials and an image of our environment. I am fascinated with the human ability (even compulsion) to see concrete images in natural abstract patterns (“pareidolia”) and I wish to give expression to that space between the known and the unknown. How can one create a visual document about the existence of phenomena that cannot be seen or known?

“This challenge has become my path as a painter. I never start work from any picture of the landscape, any known place. Each painting ‘grows’ without preconception, evolving, creating it’s own space through applications of a constantly revised landscape iconography. The paintings become their own reality. A place of paint, standing in for an existence that has no definition and cannot be directly experienced.

“There is a universe of distance and tension between what exists and what humans can know about Existence. My paintings are signs acknowledging that enigma. Our beliefs about the Truth of the Real World are really just so many stories. And everyone has a story. These paintings are my story.”

—William Leidenthal

“Art interests me very much, but the truth interests me more.” —Alberto Giacometti

“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.” —Issac Bashevis Singer

“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” —E. L. Dockorow

“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.”  —Charlie Parker

“What is the use of a fine house if you don’t have a tolerable planet to put it on?”  —Henry David Thoreau