“Fires Out West- Sugar to Cinder” acrylic, b/w photos, goldleaf on panel. At 42” x 62” this is the first in this series to include black and white photography and was inspired while driving through the cane fields in Belle Glade, Fla. while the fields were being burned to remove the excess growth on the plants before refinement. The column of smoke seemed to stretch for miles, almost as a precursor to the wildfires that would plague both coasts of the country. The two photos to the left are from the 1940s and the larger one at the bottom of the statue is one I took some ago years. The ideas of the passage of time, the relationship between creation and destruction, and the role of our species in both are all at work here.