The Dread Sea paintings were the result of living on a bluff directly across from the ocean for twenty-seven years. I developed a repeated stroke, a visual equivalent of the constantly changing face of the ocean, to represent the patterns of the sea’s surface. The paintings are based on the fluid, organic architecture of the ocean’s forces. The storm driven swells and riptides of both the Pacific and my imagination are combined in the towering and ominous waves of the Dread Sea paintings. The looming barriers and twisting spires of the sea are the byproducts of my recurring dream of the rising, relentless onslaught of a gigantic wave.