Mark Bouthilette
The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life brings his way.

Lao-tze, Tao Te Ching

Abstract painting has always been the most gratifying for me because I never know where I'm heading - some paintings resolve themselves quickly while others seem impossible. Marcel Duchamp coined the struggle between intention and realization as the "art coefficient"… this is where the magic happens. And for me it's about letting the abstraction work freely within my process of sanding and layering paint. My first marks are always wild and expressionistic and send each painting in a new direction, always creating a puzzle that I need to solve drawing hints from my surroundings and the texts I use as under paintings…