“My painting, ‘TWO FIGURES’ incorporates several visual subtexts. Essentially a figurative composition, it is also an aggregate of compartmentalized spaces incorporating still life motifs. Referencing our current environmental crisis is the Horseshoe Crab and Red Knot, mutually dependent and threatened species. This composition, reflective of the classical, Greco-Roman tradition, as found in the wall paintings of Pompeii, is handled in a modernist yet painterly manner. A subtle yet noteworthy moment is the pentimenti of the third hand. The painting expresses my sensibilities and interests, in art history and natural history, merged in the creative process.”