“You know a good abstract painting when you can turn it any direction,” says painter Paul Ecke. Ecke creates abstract suites of work based on distinct predetermined themes. Past series have included “Fractals” (2007), repeating circles or squares arranged in grids against mottled color fields, and “Quadrant”, a collection of works based on the four stages of spiritual development outlined by self-help author Wayne Dyer. For each piece, he applies layers of paint that he then scrapes off, a technique that gives his mixed-media works on panel a distinct patina. In Fractal 140, an olive-green grid is applied onto a marbled background of purple and chartreuse; the colors appear to have been built up and then thinned, lending the surface an aged quality.