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Fibonacci’s Eye

I’m pleased to announce that “Fibonacci’s Eye” submitted by Peter Lyle is selected from almost 50 entries to win the print.

Peter submitted his suggestion on my Facebook page  You can see all the suggestions there.

Thanks, Peter, for the great title and to everyone else that made suggestions!

Purchase the print here.

September 1st, 2015|What's Happening|0 Comments

Work in Progress

I know I want this to be one of my triangle based paintings. Here I am trying to decide how I want to orient the triangle. That’s a piece of paper I am holding in front of the canvas that enables me to better visualize various alignments.

Sometimes I know before I start a painting what it will look like, and sometimes – like here – it evolves before me as if it were emerging from a fog in my awareness. I can see clearly where my next step is and perhaps a few few steps on ahead. But beyond that I can’t see yet, but I know when I get there I’ll see the path ahead for a few steps more.

August 21st, 2015|Commentary, In Progress|0 Comments

Title this Work, Win a Print

Sometimes the hardest part in creating art is coming up with a good title that is engaging and gives insight into my process or invites contemplation. I’m looking for fresh titles.


Give your ideas for a title for this print. Winner is entirely up to me and will receive a free print provided they have a domestic USA shipping address. (No need to give your address, unless you are the winner.)

Enter your suggestions in the comments. Contest runs simultaneously on my blog and Facebook page. There will be one winner chosen on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Details about this work including winning title and purchase information.

August 16th, 2015|Commentary, New Work, What's Happening|4 Comments

Review at Empty Easel

Thanks to the folks at Empty Easel for the kind review.  David Copson: Ethereally Abstract Mixed Media Paintings

Artist David Copson hails from a family of scientists and excelled in math as a student. His heart, however, pulled him toward art, and in particular, printmaking. After 10 years spent in New York City working as a technical director at Atelier Ettinger, he began to specialize in hand-drawn color separations which (when printed one at a time in a specifically matched color) create a print image.

From there, Dave began exploring an abstract expressionistic style of art inspired by vision quests, near death experiences and shamanic journeys. Nowadays, his artwork is meant to inspire beauty and fill one with a sense of awe, and I think you’ll agree it does just that!

In Realization below, it’s easy for us, the viewers, to step out of our comfort zone and into a world of unknowns and endless possibility. His spatial paintings propel us into a thrilling, deep space odyssey.

40x30 Mixed Media on Canvas


David’s use of colors is as complex as his subject matter. I see this painting from two perspectives—one, as if I am looking up and into a magical night sky, and two, as if I’ve been immersed deep in the Milky Way and am floating through infinite space and in between the fabric of time.

This next painting, entitle Unfolding, reminds me of a tunnel through outer space that provides speedy transportation to any and all destinations!

22 x 28 Mixed Media on Canvas


I admire the gleaming blackness of deep space, sprinkled heavily with twinkling stars. A supernova bursts forth from a star, expelling (at speeds we can’t begin to comprehend) all sorts of elements and energy that create a dazzling rush of color.

Lastly, Etic Reality is soft and subtle, with pastel hues encompassing the entire painting. Even more notable, however, is the grainy texture that lightly dusts the composition.

24x18 Mixed Media on Canvas


Through this hazy veil we can see a gleaming planet or sun, perfectly round and glowing robustly through the gassy, cloudy atmosphere. Pale sea foam, rose, and lavender hues are utterly romantic, fulfilling the dreamy idea of interstellar wonders one ponders about, but can never fully realize.

This unassuming painting not only inspires, but invites us viewers to make our dreams a reality.

Learn more about David’s journeys—the first into the world of art, and the second into a place of self-discovery and artistic clarification through a quest into the Inyo Mountains—that changed his life’s path forever.

August 11th, 2015|Publicity, Reviews, What's Happening|0 Comments

Soul Mates

In Quantum Physics there is a phenomenon called Quantum Entanglement which I think – metaphorically and perhaps actually – corresponds to the experience of the Soul Mate in that in each phenomenon the components are paired so that one can no longer be completely described without reference to its counterpart – even at such degrees of separation that common logic assures that any contact or communication is impossible.

I hope you enjoy this mysterious and dynamic image.

This is an original signed and numbered limited edition print that you can purchase here.

August 9th, 2015|New Work|0 Comments

Just Paint on Canvas

Have you ever had the insight that a dollar bill has absolutely no inherent value or meaning other than what we attribute to it? It’s just some ink on a rather small piece of paper.

Even the patterns of the ink on the paper – the numbers, words and pictures – only have meaning when we agree that they do.

Have you read art reviews wherein the critic elaborates upon this or that aspect of a painting, adding significance to the subject matter and technical aspects of the painting down to the choice of color, that flourish of a brushstroke, and that seemingly accidental drip over there? They might say the work is derived from some important thing and indicative of a new trend and has great social implications.

And maybe this was all part the artist’s intent – or more likely not – but it’s all true now. Because that meaning has been assigned to the painting by an authority.

The Treachery of Images, René Magritte, "This is not a pipe."

This is not a pipe, it’s just paint on canvas. “The Treachery of Images,” – René Magritte

People seem to want me to talk about the meaning in my paintings. Believe me, I put a lot in there. I  even try to infuse the energy of what it means to me so strongly that any viewer will get a sense of it. But I often say that there is no meaning except what you as the observer bring to the work from your own consciousness.

After all, the painting is akin to the dollar bill and is just paint on canvas, with no meaning except that which we assign to it.

What about the cosmos? Do you think there is any meaning out there beyond what we puny humans attach to it?

August 5th, 2015|Commentary, What's Happening|0 Comments

From Print to Painting

I liked the recent print I made so much that it inspired this new large painting, Origin of Form #2.

I normally use photographs of my paintings in various progressive stages combined with each other and other images such as public domain astronomical photographs and manipulated in Photoshop to produce the original digital art for the prints. I am finalizing a whole series of them.  The paintings feed the prints and I now see the prints as fully resolved studies for future paintings.

It is an exciting creative dynamic.

July 30th, 2015|New Work|0 Comments

Origin of Form

The world we know is built on triangles, mathematically speaking.

To determine how space sculpts itself, physicists describe its shape using triangles and their higher-dimensional analogues. A triangle is 2 dimensional and is the simplest shape that can be made in 2 dimensions.

Perhaps more easily visualized is the tetrahedron, the 3 dimensional form of a triangle with 4 triangular sides. Can you see that this is the most basic form possible in our world of 3 physical dimensions? Add anything and it becomes more complex. Take away anything and it collapses into 2 dimensions. I like to paint tetrahedrons (here and here) even if they are just painted on the 2 dimensional surface of the canvas.

That’s what scientists do too – as they postulate multidimensional realities of spacetime with projected representations in 2 dimensional drawings. A four dimensional world is based on a pentachoron, the 4  dimensional analogue of at the triangle. And on up into more complex dimensions. It all works mathematically but we’ll never concretely experience those because our senses work only in our 3 D world.

Fun Fact:  Near the Planck scale (really, really small), spacetime itself is 2 D.

I don’t usually say too much about my images, preferring to allow you to make up your own story.  Here, contemplation of such things lead to the creation of this work.

This image is the formation of a triangle in 2D. Don’t ask me what is making it. Maybe those are the  one dimensional vibrating strings of String Theory. Unknowably changed somewhat – in color at least – by the process.

And is that the Eye of Providence?

This is an original signed and numbered limited edition print that you can purchase here.

July 24th, 2015|New Work|1 Comment

New Website

Happy to be back in touch with everyone – not to mention back in the studio – and hope you are having a great summer too. I feel better than I have in a long time and thank you all for your many good wishes.

I am excited to let you know that my website is completely upgraded with presentation of my artwork in a modern, clean look for your ease and enjoyment in viewing.

And with new work for you to discover.

I have also updated my bio and artist’s statement to be more reflective of my journey to recovery and my new station in life.

I hope you will enjoy following along as I post artist updates and new work going forward.

If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them. And of course, if you are interested in having one of my paintings please contact me. (I am setting up direct online purchase which will be available soon.)

July 19th, 2015|What's Happening|2 Comments