http://larrymiddlestadt.com/cv.html From 1998:
For most of my daily painting life, I have been fascinated with the transcendental qualities of light and the way it animates the natural world.
My early optical paintings dealt with light, geometrically and prismatically. The later works used light and texture atmospherically.
In these latest works nature again becomes my vehicle for dealing with psychic and metaphysical ideas.
This more representational style allows me to deal with light not only as a metaphor for energy and change but as a vehicle for creating images of the natural world that express the transitory nature of reality.
The possibility of conveying both philosophical and emotional content through non narrative paintings seem an elusive goal, yet it is this possibility that drives my work.