Here is a quote from Sean that I like because it shows how passionate he is about his journey of expression.
"For the past twenty years I have had the goal of painting every single day. While I have, of course, not adhered perfectly to this monastic commitment, I have come very close. I have challenged myself to learn and grow as a painter taking inspiration from my contemporaries and from historical giants, both whom I emulate in search of my own style. The reason for this schedule is that I want to become a great artist and make my living and travel the world with my art.
I was going to make an ironic joke with the two pictures below, something like; "I've painted every day for twenty years and now look what I can do!" Many people dismiss abstract painting as unimportant but I do not. I shall continue to explore and ( hopefully enhance ) my realism and representational work but I also hope to keep it connected to abstraction as much as possible.
I have actually finished a very important series, one of the most realistic, representational and narrative groups of paintings that I've had the pleasure and agony of creating. It is a narrative in pictures that chronicles the winter holiday adventure of a young girl named Jan and her toy robot which comes to life and flees her happy home and so an epic chase ensues.
The below paintings serve as many things - most practically I use these as backgrounds for my realistic scenes - the unpredictability of the surface texture and color helps me to keep my compositions interesting and profound.
I have made small attempts to exhibit and market my abstract paintings and I laugh at the reaction of people; "I like your city scenes" they say, or a big one is "I can do that" - yes you can. everyone can paint like the masters, realistic or abstract if they put the time in. I appreciate abstract painting because it elevates the hidden conceptual meanings in art. I appreciate abstract painters for their ability ( or necessity ) to explain and share the mysterious and obscured themes of their work."