A few years ago I found myself standing with Michael Hedges in his new, sunny studio in Oak Park, just outside Chicago. Surrounded by his paintings my eyes had trouble adapting to the wonderful, vibrating energy bouncing around the place. Michael has a true cosmic connection to the Abstract Expressionists he so dearly admires, and his belief in the synthesis of color, line and form allows him to carry on in a venerable tradition newly imagined. Mike's love of painting is matched only by his skill and dedication. In the years since his career has continued to expand with successful exhibitions in Santa Fe, Denver and North Carolina as collectors from across the country respond to his work in growing numbers.