60's: from reality into abstraction

In the 50's and 60's, I was moving in several different directions; influenced by Cezanne and, later, Kandinsky, Jasper Johns and Tapies. I had started painting as a realist, but by the mid 60's my paintings were evolving into arenas of abstraction, visual events pieced together.  Although I continued to draw information from the object, I found myself moving away from the horizon line and into the music of abstraction. Abstraction was the door to freedom for imagination, offering me unlimited avenues to explore.