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Gateway
Acrylic on canvas
1988
36" h x 48" w

This piece is symbolic of my entry into abstract painting.  At the time, I was majoring in general engineering at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.  I was very pleased to discover that I could minor in art, and get credit for taking classes such as painting and sculpture at the other Claremont colleges.  I took painting from Carl Benjamin at Pomona College.  Our first assignment was to create a grid and paint each region a distinct solid color.  I enjoyed this type of painting so much that I continued to paint in this style, and explored other types of grids to study depth effects.  This painting, "Gateway", was the second piece I created in this class.