During a childhood trip to Arches National Park in Utah, I was mesmerized by the shapes the soaring red sandstone cut out of the deep blue desert sky. I tried to capture the illusion that the sky was thick, smooth material somehow pasted onto the rock. Later I made a painting of a cube where the front face of the cube was a square cut out of the canvas.

Left: Þingvellir National Park, Iceland 2011. Right: White cube painting 1998.

Around the same time, I became intrigued by solid surfaces that seemed to act like doorways. Top row: Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014. Bottom row: Westbrookville, New York 2008 and Jersey City, New Jersey 2002.