Abstract vs. figurative. My work documents the battle between both. On one hand abstract work is my internal vision, my zen approach to painting. It is the result of when I am the most spiritual in the studio. On the other hand is my figurative work. It is the result of my realization that I am still a man of this world. Perhaps my figurative work is my middle finger to the world and all its woes, and my abstract work is attempt to transcend those woes. I would like to think that my best work, lately, incorporates elements of both tendencies.