A Matrix in a mathematical sense is a collection of numbers arranged into a fixed number of rows and columns. Beyond the mathematical definition, I am using paintings arranged into a matrix to create a more interesting, synergistic or surreal image. These are arranged into rows and columns of 4×1, 2×2, 3×2, 1×2, etc.

These Matrix paintings are really a creation of composition. The number of possible combinations can be surprisingly large, 4 paintings can possibly have 72 different arrangements. A lot of my arrangements are not permanent and therefore can be re-arranged, even if you do not like current arrangement you could re-arrange it as you like. This begins to enter the realm of “Conceptual Art”. Matrix paintings have three phases of creation: Matrix, Matrix Merged and Matrix Fulfilled. In the original process images are arranged into a Matrix with no further work. As mentioned above, these compositions can often be re-arranged to a viewers like. A Matrix Merged further develops the composition on larger panels which are purposely integrated to create a “surreal” image. A Matrix Fulfilled is where the original Matrix is developed on a single substrate that could be watercolor paper, pastel substrates or oil panel. While you might think the objective would be to create only Matrix Fulfilled paintings, that is not the way I see it, all phases have unique characteristics.