Markian Olynyk exposes the consistent characteristics and themes of abstraction shared in the practices of glass blowing and painting. Seeking out parallel narratives, commensurate lines and possibilities, his work often takes up the theme of the monochrome. Simple shapes and forms underlie profound gestures and philosophical truths. Architectural in composition, many of his paintings border the sculptural, built up with paint to create forms as if frozen by the oxidization process consistent with blown glass. It is not by chance then that his glass works are like three dimensional paintings, thriving in the round and bounding with color -- illuminating and transparent, as if their strength comes from within.